Dreams - Neil Diamond
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  • Summary: Following Johnny Cash and, more recently, Tom Jones, the legendary crooner creates his own rendition of his favorites in this collection of covers by artists such as Leonard Cohen, the Beatles, and even his own classic tunes.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
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  1. Nov 4, 2010
    80
    The minimal recordings (often just voice, guitar and piano) give proceedings an eerie feel, and Diamond's hurting vocals must be among the most emotional he has ever delivered.
  2. Nov 1, 2010
    80
    This album is flush with easy-listening ballads, but they are often wondrously rearranged by Diamond, who continues to be a restless experimenter.
  3. Nov 3, 2010
    80
    Dreams possesses the charm of a confident man who understands the beauty of pop music and the serious allure of emotional lyrics.
  4. Nov 2, 2010
    60
    As a whole, Dreams is a bleak affair, Diamond sounding often forlorn and beaten, most notably on a morose, slowed down reimagining of his own 1966 tune, I'm A Believer, which became The Monkees' biggest success.
  5. Dec 14, 2010
    60
    A third Rick Rubin-produced album -- cover versions but the comeback continues. [Jan. 2011, p. 97]
  6. Nov 30, 2010
    60
    Diamond's song selection will hardly shake anyone's world – two each by the Beatles and Randy Newman – but he has the vocal power to make many cuts his own.
  7. Dec 22, 2010
    40
    It isn't just that it's (mostly) a covers album, more that so many of the selections are so uninspired. [Jan 2011, p.139]

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