Newsweek calls 12 Songs (out 11/8) the best Neil Diamond album in 30 years. It was produced by Rick Rubin, whose magic touch resurrected Johnny Cash’s career in the mid ’90s.
Rubin told Rolling Stone in September:
Most of the songs were recorded with Neil playing and singing at the same time, and it’s a different animal. It’s taking him back to being more of a singer-songwriter. He really blows me away.
Columbia’s betting that Rubin’s approach can make the legendary songwriter palatable to the blogger set: the whole album can be streamed at MySpace where Neil Diamond has 9988 friends.