CD Review/ Melody Road by Neil Diamond

  • Band/Artist: Neil Diamon
  • Title: Melody Road
  • Date: October 21, 2014
  • Label: Capital Records
Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S. His most recent original studio release, 2008’s Home Before Dark, debuted at #1 in the U.S. and the UK on the Billboard Top Albums chart.
A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters.  Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year award.  In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.
I grew up with listening to Neil Diamond in my house. My parents were huge fans. So I was thrilled when I was given the chance to listen and review Neil Diamond’s newest cd. I even brought my iPad over to my mother’s apartment so that she could listen to it as well and she loved it and once she told me that I knew what I was going to get her for Christmas.
Listening to the cd brought back so many happy memories from my childhood. I remember my parents playing music on an A track and then upgrading to cassettes. We loved having music playing in the house and I think that is where my love of music comes from and being exposes to it at an early age.
Can I just make a comment on how good Neil Diamond looks?
Track listings for Melody Road:
  1. Melody Road
  2. First Time
  3. Seongah and Jimmy
  4. Something Blue
  5. Nothing but a Heartache
  6. In Better Days
  7. (OOO) Do I wanna Be Yours?
  8. Alone at the Ball
  9. Sunny Disposition
  10. Marry Me Now
  11. The Art of Love
  12. Melody Rose (reprise)

Listening to this cd you know you are listening to Neil Diamond. He has stayed to true to who he is and his sound. This is very much Neil Diamond.

This is his first cd in over six years and honestly it feels like he never left.

“It takes tremendous vision, focus and determination – combined with a mega-dose of God-given talent, charisma and soul – to create music that becomes indelibly ingrained in the fabric of our culture,” shared Melody Road co-producer and Blue Note President Don Was.  “For decade after decade, Neil’s songs have been such a major part of our lives. Making this record with him has served as a profound reminder of what a powerful and amazing artist he truly is,” he continued.

Each one of his songs tugs a little at you. I enjoyed listening to the cd as did my mother.

According to Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett, “Neil has made a brilliant record, one of the very finest in his singular body of work. His beautiful and heartfelt songs on Melody Road are imbued with the wisdom of a man reflecting on life’s experiences while still looking forward on the road ahead of him.   He delivers these songs with the passion of an artist fully committed to his craft, and in that warmly distinctive voice that has brought us so many Neil Diamond classics.

* Official Neil Diamond Website – www.neildiamond.com
 * YouTube – http://bit.ly/NDMelody
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I participated in the Neil Diamond Melody Road album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

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