Home Before Dark

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  • Summary: After 40+ years in the business, Neil Diamond finally receives his first No. 1 record with this album produced by Rick Rubin.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. Home Before Dark offers aesthetic proof that "12 Songs" was no fluke. This is a much stronger, less "civilized" album.
  2. This is understated folk pop, and as a result, some may be disappointed by the lack of big pop hooks. However, for those of us who always found Diamond overwrought and too extroverted, this restraint is refreshing and welcome.
  3. Q Magazine
    Home Before Dark offers a dignified and, yes, hip addition to the Neil Diamond canon. [July 2008, p.110]
  4. Like much of Diamond's canon, these songs are rich with melodramatic flare-ups.
  5. This year's model is not quite as stark or stirring as its predecessor; the emphatic melodic thrusts and vocal bravado of "Whose Hands Are These" and "No Words" will resonate with fans of Diamond's adult-contemporary glory.
  6. While not quite as revealing and rewarding as its 2005 cousin, the new album will certainly please fans of Rubin and Diamond's stark-yet-comfy acoustic direction.
  7. Neil doesn’t do things by halves. His words and melodies are, like Roy Orbison, Cecil B De Mille scaled. That said, there are more than a few points where he misses the mark.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Greg
    Jun 10, 2008
    Surely does deliver sadness regret, and other mature revelations but does it in Neil Diamond style and I am one of those people and I loved Surely does deliver sadness regret, and other mature revelations but does it in Neil Diamond style and I am one of those people and I loved it I will hope the artisti see's the response and hears the cheers and keeps creating for the glory of the song. I am still waiting and hoping for Neil Diamonds "GRACELAND" equivalent. A mix of Pop Royalty and creative passion that shakes up everything and Everyone. Maybe he should have lunch with Paul Simon on some Hot August Night and learn the benefits of being still crazy after all these years.. Home before Dark proves Neil is still out there. So Neil, from one Brooklynite to another for the next one.....Send Rick home .F*** Lonliness .....GONNA FLY. Expand
  2. SteveSv
    May 27, 2008
    Slightly bluesier and countrier then 12 Songs.But a strong collection of melodic and introspective acoustic rock.
  3. JohanV.
    May 29, 2008
    Neil's latest cd is a terrific one! I feel almost compelled to listen to it all day! Keep up the fine work, Neil!
  4. JohnO.
    Jul 13, 2008
    I enjoy this disc more every time I hear it.
  5. JucaAv
    May 27, 2008