Melody Road (album)

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Melody Road
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Studio album by Neil Diamond
Released October 21, 2014 (2014-10-21)
Recorded 2013-2014 Archangel Recording
Genre
Label Capitol
Producer
Neil Diamond chronology
Dreams
(2010)
Melody Road
(2014)
Acoustic Christmas
(2016)

Melody Road is Neil Diamond's debut album as an artist signed to Capitol Records.[1] 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 charts at #1.[2] It was produced by Don Was and Jacknife Lee.[3]

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]

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. Of the songs, the article stated that "'Something Blue', the most commercial of the songs played Monday, has the classic Diamond mid-tempo lilt; the ballads 'The Art of Love' and '(Ooo) Do I Wanna Be Yours' offer springboards for Diamond's still-potent voice; and 'Seongah and Jimmy' is an eyewitness account of a romance between a woman from Korea and a man from Long Island."[4] The Wall Street Journal wrote that "The Art of Love" is a "tender offering from Diamond, who at age 73, hasn't lost that ability to convey a wide swath of emotions in just four minutes."[5]

In September, three videos from the album were released. A lyric video for "The Art of Love" debuted on Diamond's YouTube/VEVO channel,[3] and the video for the album's first single, "Something Blue", premiered on Yahoo! Music.[6] Rolling Stone debuted the video for "Nothing But a Heartache".[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[8]
Billboard 3/5 stars[9]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[10]
Mojo 3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]

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."[13]

In October 2014, Melody Road debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts, selling 78,000 copies in the first week.[14] The album has sold 235,000 copies in the United States as of September 2016.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Neil Diamond except where noted

Melody Road — Standard edition
No. Title Length
1. "Melody Road" 3:12
2. "First Time" 4:02
3. "Seongah and Jimmy" 5:44
4. "Something Blue" 4:03
5. "Nothing But a Heartache" 4:33
6. "In Better Days" 3:30
7. "(Ooo) Do I Wanna Be Yours" 6:14
8. "Alone at the Ball" 2:56
9. "Sunny Disposition" 3:14
10. "Marry Me Now" 3:35
11. "The Art of Love" 4:07
12. "Melody Road (Reprise)" 1:12
Total length: 46:22

Charts[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Sisario, Ben (September 11, 2008). "The Marathon Man of Pop". New York Times. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b ABC News Radio Staff. "Neil Diamond to Release New Studio Album, "Melody Road," Next Month". abcnewsradio.com. ABC News Radio. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Billboard Staff (September 9, 2014). "Neil Diamond Takes Guests Down 'Melody Road' at Capitol Studios Listening Party". Billboard. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Ayers, Mike (September 9, 2014). "Neil Diamond Returns With New Album 'Melody Road'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Geller, Wendy (24 September 2014). "Feeling Down? Neil Diamond's 'Something Blue' Will Snap You Out of It!". music.yahoo.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Murray, Nick (September 16, 2014). "Watch Neil Diamond's Reflective 'Nothing But a Heartache' Video". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (October 20, 2014). "Neil Diamond Melody Road". AllMusic. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Aswad, Jem (October 21, 2014). "Album Review: Neil Diamond Resists Resting on His Laurels With 'Melody Road'". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Costa, Maddy (October 17, 2014). "Neil Diamond: Melody Road review – schmaltzy but well-crafted honeymoon album". The Guardian. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ Doyle, Tom (November 2014). "Neil Diamond Melody Road". Mojo. p. 100. 
  12. ^ Sheffield, Rob (October 21, 2014). "Neil Diamond Melody Road Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ Powers, Ann (October 12, 2014). "First Listen: Neil Diamond, 'Melody Road'". NPR. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 29, 2014). "Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. 
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