Home Before Dark

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This article is about the 2008 album by Neil Diamond. For the 1958 movie, see Home Before Dark (film).
Home Before Dark
Studio album by Neil Diamond
Released May 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Country rock
Length 63:01
Label American/Columbia
Producer Rick Rubin
Neil Diamond chronology
Classic – The Universal Masters Collection
(2007)
Home Before Dark
(2008)
The Best of Neil Diamond
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Now 4/5 stars[2]
OMM 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
The Times 2/5 stars[5]

Home Before Dark is the twenty-seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond. Released on May 5, 2008; it was the artist's second album for American Recordings.

Home Before Dark received generally positive reviews from critics upon its release and topped the national albums charts in the United States,[6] the United Kingdom,[7] and New Zealand.[8] It has since been accredited with album certifications in several regions.

In May 2008, at the age of 67, Neil Diamond was the oldest performer to have a number one record. This mark was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with his Modern Times album, released when he was 65. However, Bob Dylan's recent album, Together Through Life, earned Dylan that position again since Dylan released his most recent work at 67 years and 11 months unlike Diamond releasing Home Before Dark at 67 years and 3 months.

The album is Diamond's second to be produced by Rick Rubin, a producer of hip-hop and heavy metal music, who had discovered a talent for re-invigorating the careers of musicians when he produced Aerosmith and a string of albums with Johnny Cash. After Cash's death, Diamond became the next artist to find his career given a shot in the arm, via Rubin's production on his 2005 album 12 Songs. The album consists of original works and some remakes, and was mixed by Dana Nielsen. The orchestral parts were arranged and conducted by David Campbell[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Neil Diamond, except where noted.

  1. "If I Don't See You Again" – 7:13
  2. "Pretty Amazing Grace" – 4:53
  3. "Don't Go There" – 6:04
  4. "Another Day (That Time Forgot)" (feat. Natalie Maines) – 6:12
  5. "One More Bite of the Apple" – 6:39
  6. "Forgotten" – 4:22
  7. "Act Like a Man" – 4:04
  8. "Whose Hands Are These" – 3:12
  9. "No Words" – 4:49
  10. "The Power of Two" – 4:35
  11. "Slow It Down" – 4:56
  12. "Home Before Dark" – 6:00
  13. "Without Her" (Harry Nilsson) – 4:22
    • Deluxe Edition Bonus Track
  14. "Make You Feel My Love" (Bob Dylan) – 4:38
    • Deluxe Edition Bonus Track

Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD[edit]

  1. "Pretty Amazing Grace"
  2. "If I Don't See You Again"
  3. "Forgotten"
  4. "The Boxer" (Paul Simon)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 9
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 46
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 2
German Albums (Official Top 100)[17] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[18] 5
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 19
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[20] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 1
US Billboard 200[6] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[22] Gold 35,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[23] Gold 7,500x
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Now review
  3. ^ OMM review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ The Times review
  6. ^ a b "Neil Diamond Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Neil Diamond. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "2008-05-24 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  9. ^ AllMusic 'Home Before Dark' album credits
  10. ^ Discogs 'Home Before Dark'
  11. ^ "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  12. ^ "Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  13. ^ "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  14. ^ "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  15. ^ "Neil Diamond Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Neil Diamond. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  16. ^ "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  17. ^ "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  19. ^ "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  20. ^ "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  21. ^ "Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Irish album certifications – Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Radioscope. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 2, 2013.  Enter Home Before Dark in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 2, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Jumping All Over the World by Scooter
UK Album Chart number-one album
May 18, 2008
Succeeded by
We Started Nothing by The Ting Tings
Preceded by
Hard Candy by Madonna
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 18, 2008 – May 24, 2008
Succeeded by
Narrow Stairs by Death Cab for Cutie
Preceded by
Rockferry by Duffy
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart number-one album
May 26, 2008 – June 2, 2008
Succeeded by
Indestructible by Disturbed