Tuesday, November 4, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: NEIL DIAMOND - MELODY ROAD
I don't think you can blame new producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee for the results here, other than they should have told him to go back to the drawing board. Even if these songs are highly personal, which he explains in the liner notes, they are too cringe-worthy for anybody but the immediate family. There's one about his son and daughter-in-law's meeting and romance, "she's from Korea, he's from Long Island." Another is about writing and performing songs for the first time, called First Time, a mawkish description of the creative process that might turn would-be performers away from the craft. Anyway, the less said the better in this case. Damn! Thought we had him back to Kentucky Woman, instead he's all You Don't Bring Me Flowers.