Don't count Neil Diamond out — not yet, anyway. His upcoming show at the Scottrade Center was rescheduled twice due to a bout of laryngitis, but Diamond is touring behind what many consider his return-to-form album, Home Before Dark. By teaming again with noted career-rejuvenator Rick Rubin (who produced 2005's 12 Songs), Home places the focus back on Diamond's considerable songwriting talents and places his still-golden voice in a stripped-down setting. This recent work brings his career narrative back to where it started; listen to his early singles ("Solitary Man," "Kentucky Woman") and hear simple, direct proclamations that marked his songwriting before schmaltz got him in a stranglehold.
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