Melody Road Album by Neil Diamond
Melody Road Album by Neil Diamond Vinyl LP Record available in Bangladesh at Multimedia Kingdom. This one is his debut album as an artist signed to Capitol Records. His 32nd studio album, it was the first album of original music Diamond has recorded since 2008’s well-received Home Before Dark, which debuted on the US album chart. It was produced by Don Was and Jacknife Lee.
After 40 years recording for Columbia, Diamond signed with Capitol in early 2014. At the same time, his back catalogue was moved to Universal Music Group, Capitol’s parent company. Capitol released Diamond’s 1980 soundtrack album for The Jazz Singer.
1. “Melody Road”
2. “First Time”
3. “Seongah and Jimmy”
On September 8, 2014, six of the tracks from Melody Road were premiered at the Capitol Records studios in Hollywood, CA at a listening party for a small group of music industry executives and journalists. Following the event, Billboard wrote that the album is “rich in orchestration that retains the dark rustic qualities of his last two studio albums of original material, 12 Songs and Home Before Dark.
4. “Something Blue”
5. “Nothing But a Heartache”
6. “In Better Days”
In September, three videos from the album were released. A lyric video for “The Art of Love” debuted on Diamond’s YouTube/VEVO channel, and the video for the album’s first single, “Something Blue”, premiered on Yahoo! Music. Rolling Stone debuted the video for “Nothing But a Heartache”.
- “(Ooo) Do I Wanna Be Yours”
- “Alone at the Ball”
- “Sunny Disposition”
The album received generally favorable reviews. Ann Powers of NPR wrote: “This is music with (as one song title says) a sunny disposition, expressing Diamond’s resilient faith in the power of both romance and the balladry that enhances it. ‘Still remember the first word you wrote, in every single note that you play,’ he declares in “First Time,” a joyful remembrance of musical beginnings that recalls one of the singer’s own early hits, “I’m a Believer.” Diamond’s ability to do that, to be in the moment while knowing just what makes his long career special, keeps him vital. Few could navigate this road with so much panache.”
- “Marry Me Now”
- “The Art of Love”
- “Melody Road (reprise)”