Neil Diamond: 12 Songs

PUBLISHED: 10:16 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010

12 Songs is the multi-million-selling Diamond s return from a four-year silence. With producer Rick Rubin (who reinvigorated Johnny Cash on his American Recordings albums) at the helm, a stripped-down, acoustic guitar-led backing has brought Diamond s won

12 Songs is the multi-million-selling Diamond's return from a four-year silence.

With producer Rick Rubin (who reinvigorated Johnny Cash on his American Recordings albums) at the helm, a stripped-down, acoustic guitar-led backing has brought Diamond's wonderfully grainy, weathered and weighty voice to the fore.

Rubin's magic dust, coupled with 12 strong songs exhibiting Diamond's vulnerable, needy side (Save Me A Saturday Night), his steely resolve (I'm On To You) and the upbeat rarity Delirious Love all signify a truly impressive album of credible songwriting. There's soul-searching honesty, dreams, soul and wisdom in abundance, with delicate touches of piano, xylophone, slide guitar, Hammond organ and more, completing an irresistible 12 Songs. 5/5

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