Neil Diamond

And the Singer Sings His Song

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A somewhat entertaining collection of Neil Diamond's lesser-known melodies brought forth here under the title And the Singer Sings His Song. Certainly a few positives come to light from this record. The songs are charming, romantic, and easy to dance to. Perfect for a getaway excursion from reality and off to your favorite beached island. With a record player and the voice of the '70s pop-dance era by one's side, the day would feel just suitable for relaxation, rest, and some recreation. Opening up with the stirring and catchy "Captain Sunshine" to the sweeping percussion and rhythms of "Free Life" and the la-la's of "Stones," Neil Diamond plays the role of the entertainer to a capital "E." Off in the neighboring background is a pleasant array of orchestral arrangements that fit and mesh evenly with the tunes, weaving into the fabric like classical melodic patterns. The records back side finds highlights such as "If I Never Knew Your Name" and the ballad "Juliet," which provide spark to any romance sweet and light. Ending the record with a pulse and grand finale is the title song "And the Singer Sings His Song," sung by none other than Neil Diamond. Though not one of his better achievements, this record merits a must-have in the collection for the die-hard Diamond fan.

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