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Friday, October 24, 2014

Neil Diamond Hasn’t Changed! (a review of Melody Road)

…and that’s good news for children of the 70s and 80s who grew up listening to lyrics like…
I am, I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair
I am, I cried
I am, said I
And I am lost, and I can't even say why…

from I am…I said
Can you hear it? 
I love Neil.  My husband loves Neil.  I’m not sure that I can explain why, except to say that hearing Neil on the radio was a happy part of my childhood.  He always sounded like he loved what he was doing and that came through the speakers.  Music doesn’t need to have a profound message or complicated rhyme scheme to speak to the soul.
So, when I found out that Neil had a new album coming out and that I could get in on reviewing it…my whole face was smiling.  How could I not do it?
Would you believe that I listened to the whole thing immediately after downloading?  Yes I did.  I admit it.
Melody Road
by Neil Diamond
available online and at retail stores, including:
Neil’s still got it. 
He sounds great.  At 73, he doesn’t really sound older than he did when I was listening to him all those years ago. 
My 5-year old “wuved” listening to his album.  The other kids had mixed reactions, as teens and near teens will have when listening to their parents’ music, lol.  I think they just thought we were goofy because we were smiling so much.
Neil’s looking great, too, as you can see in the video for “Something Blue.”  This is one of our faves.
Each song is unmistakably Neil Diamond.  If you are a fan, this album is a must for your collection.  My husband and I are both happy to have new songs to add to favorites.  Catchy melodies, easy to learn lyrics, simple story-telling, and smooth sounds…what’s not to love?
Bonus #1:  Safe for the kids (you know what I’m talking about).  This can be my go-to music for the car.
Bonus #2:  Purchase at Best Buy in-store or online and get $2 off
Official Neil Diamond Website
You can also find Neil:  on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
Disclosure:  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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