After 120 million records sold worldwide and decades in the spotlight, Neil Diamond's popularity was in flux — his tours were always popular but no one was buying his new records. Enter producer extraordinaire, Rick Rubin who saw a chance to reinvigorate Diamond, the end result of that initial collaboration being 2006's acclaimed 12 Songs. Guess what? The duo are still on a roll. Home Before Dark is a continuation of its predecessor and scored Diamond a #1 hit on the Billboard album charts. Stylistically, Home Before Dark features deep, personal lyrics backed by a tight roots-y, country-pop sound that is at once both old and new. The first single, "Pretty Amazing Grace" is a sing-along about the saving power of love, "Power of Two" is blessed by a repeating pop-melody, and the strongest track on the album "Don’t Go There" sounds like an impromptu backyard jam. Vulnerable, spiritual, and wide-eyed, Home Before Dark is one of Diamond's strongest collection of pop songs.