Dreams - Neil Diamond
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 29, 2010
    70
    In the US they're pitching this as Diamond's revelatory masterpiece, which is a bit rich considering he's performed covers often before, and his own best songs were as strong as anything here.
  5. Nov 8, 2010
    68
    Given his role as one of pop's most respected songwriters, Neil Diamond might be expected to fill a covers album with underappreciated obscurities by tunesmiths less highly regarded than he.
  6. 67
    There's a certain pleasure in hearing him refashion pop history in his sonorous, self-serious style. [Nov. 5, 2010, p. 71]
  7. Dec 14, 2010
    60
    A third Rick Rubin-produced album -- cover versions but the comeback continues. [Jan. 2011, p. 97]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Nov 1, 2010
    60
    Like most covers sets, this is a mixed bag, and it's for the hardcore Diamond fan more than those who admire Home Before Dark, 12 Songs, or his work from the '60s through the mid-'70s.
  11. Nov 12, 2010
    58
    There isn't a bad song--well, apart from "Alone Again (Naturally)"--or a tacky arrangement on the album, but the material suffers from excessive familiarity.
  12. 50
    It's such a disappointment when something you hope is going to be great is, well, such a disappointment. That's the case with Dreams, the latest album from Neil Diamond.
  13. 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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