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12 Songs by Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

12 Songs

Release Date: Nov 8, 2005

Genre(s): Rock

Record label: Sony

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Album Review: 12 Songs by Neil Diamond

Excellent, Based on 1 Critic

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

But if 12 Songs does occasionally come across as slightly affected in its intent and presentation, it also is inarguably Neil Diamond's best set of songs in a long, long time. Diamond's writing is not only more ambitious than it has been in years, but it's also more fully realized; the songs are tightly written, with the melodies bringing out the emotions in the lyrics. Similarly, Diamond also sounds engaged as a performer, singing with passion and unexpected understatement; it's his most controlled, varied vocal performance ever, and even if Rubin's production is a bit too stark, it does force listeners to concentrate on the songs, which makes this a better case for Diamond's talents as a songwriter than most of his other albums.

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