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Home Before Dark is the long awaited new album from legendary artist Neil Diamond. Home Before Dark was produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin who also produced Neil's critically acclaimed 12 Songs.
Bonus DVD includes Neil in the studio performing songs.
The songs are:
1. Pretty Amazing Grace
2. If I Don't See You Again
4. The Boxer (bonus track...this song is not on the album)
Remarkably Home Before Dark is the first US chart topping album of Neil Diamond's forty year career. It appears to repeat the formula behind 2006's acclaimed 12 Songs--relatively understated arrangements and a subtle Rick Rubin production. But Diamond, though sixty-seven years old and the oldest recipient of a Number One so far, is no Johnny Cash, turning his unique voice to some well chosen contemporary material. Instead Home Before Dark is a collection of new Diamond songs, and though they might not match the boomers in his back catalogue they are hardly stripped back. These are songs designed to fill large venues alongside the showstoppers in Diamond's still energetic live show. "Pretty Amazing Grace" is in the great tradition of Diamond songs that defy their corniness with sheer catchiness, as is "One More Bite of the Apple" while "Don't Go There" features bracing backing vocals and a delightfully dated wobbly guitar hook. The duet with Natalie Maines, "Another Day (That Time Forgot)", would fit comfortably on American country radio while "The Power of Two" sounds like another hit in waiting. In fact this is more a conventional Diamond collection than a Rick Rubin production, dominated by lightly understated country rock arrangements played by a crack team including Smokey Hormel, Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell and the usually experimental Matt Sweeney. This is a charming and consistently solid set, though Home Before Dark does lack the unexpected intensity that made 12 Songs stand out so. -Steve Jelbert
|1. If I Don't See You Again|
|2. Pretty Amazing Grace|
|3. Don't Go There|
|4. Another Day (That Time Forgot) with Natalie Maines|
|5. One More Bite Of The Apple|
|7. Act Like A Man|
|8. Whose Hands Are These|
|9. No Words|
|10. The Power Of Two|
|11. Slow It Down|
|12. Home Before Dark|
I have always been a big Neil Diamond fan. When this CD first came out, I just caught snippets of some songs, and for the first time in my life, passed on a Neil Diamond CD. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lee C Dungey
This is the best album N.D. has ever done in my opinion. Been in love with his music and him for 40+ years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Huff
One of Diamond's better albums, and he has been a favorite for many, many moons.Published 3 months ago by Anthony Moore
ballads with simple rhymes; his voice is quite gravelly from all the years of over use. His guitar playing was heavy handed strummingPublished 4 months ago by Karen S. Salina
It's Neil Diamond, what else is there to be said? It's a great album, great music and songs. Just like all of his albums.Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth M. Ortiz
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|When is Neil coming to the USA?||
There is a story in news.yahoo.com that says he will kick off July 19 in St. Paul, MN and end Oct. 30 in Jacksonville, FL. It says the tour will include performances in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles and Houston. The article doesn't give dates. You can go to... Read More
Apr 15, 2008 by Alabama Catlady | See all 8 posts
|"Pretty Amazing Grace"||
Where have you heard Pretty Amazing Grace "many times over?" The album won't be released until 5/6, so I'm curious about where you are hearing it now. Thanks.
Apr 25, 2008 by Dallas Briney | See all 4 posts
|I'm confused! Missing track on Home Before Dark?||
By now (2015) you probably know it was a bonus track on the deluxe edition.
Jan 9, 2015 by A. Duchaney | See all 2 posts
|Your favorite song from Home Before Dark?||
Favorite song from HBD: "No Words" Catchy and reminds me of his bouncy '70's stuff.
Dec 7, 2008 by M. Chavez | See all 3 posts
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There are so many, a lot of which were not hit singles. But if I had to choose a hit, it would be Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. For me, that song epitomizes Elton John of the '70's. Excellent.
Dec 7, 2008 by M. Chavez | See all 2 posts
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