Album review: Neil Diamond strolls tuneful ‘Melody Road’

October 28, 2014 12:00 PM

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Album review: Neil Diamond strolls tuneful ‘Melody Road’

At 73, Neil Diamond is among the rarefied few songwriting legends — Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Elton John — who can still craft late-career work that echoes, and sometimes approaches, the classics of their youth.

Diamond, in all his Neil-ness here, works with producers Don Was (Bonnie Raitt) and Jackknife Lee (R.E.M.) to bring back the light strings, drums, catchy hooks and horn section that buoyed early ’70s albums like Moods and Serenade.

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