The Best Years of Our Lives

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All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
This album came when Neil Diamond was firmly entrenched in his adult contemporary niche. A/C can be so pandering it's insulting sometimes, but when it's done with heart and smarts it can be sublime. Diamond apparently gets that and for the most part makes adult contemporary that is actually for adults. It takes a master to croon "Cause I do believe in forever/it's a place that lovers find" without making the sentiment cringe-inducing. And Diamond pulls it off. Despite that, even he can't keep from sounding creepy when he sings, "Ooh, babe, you're a hot little number" on "Everything's Gonna be Fine." Both he and this album are classier than that, and once you're into the song...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
This album came when Neil Diamond was firmly entrenched in his adult contemporary niche. A/C can be so pandering it's insulting sometimes, but when it's done with heart and smarts it can be sublime. Diamond apparently gets that and for the most part makes adult contemporary that is actually for adults. It takes a master to croon "Cause I do believe in forever/it's a place that lovers find" without making the sentiment cringe-inducing. And Diamond pulls it off. Despite that, even he can't keep from sounding creepy when he sings, "Ooh, babe, you're a hot little number" on "Everything's Gonna be Fine." Both he and this album are classier than that, and once you're into the song it's undeniable -- it becomes a feel-good anthem, and it works. Diamond was wise enough to co-write a number of these songs with master producer/songwriter David Foster. Foster writes his share of pabulum, but when he's good he's great, and on this album he's in fine form. Diamond was also wise enough to tone down the production so that his rugged voice and the melancholy melodies are able to shine through. The Best Years of Our Lives is an album that is romantic and sentimental without being manipulative, and despite a couple of overproduced ballads that are outweighed by the other tracks, particularly the high-spirited and hopeful title cut and the subtle remorse of "This Time," it is a strong entry in Diamond's oeuvre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972470726
  • Catalog Number: 724707
  • Sales rank: 77,715

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist, Vocals
David Foster Keyboards
Richard Bennett Guitar
Michael Boddicker Keyboards
Mike Brignardello Bass
Robbie Buchanan Keyboards
Gary Grant Horn
Tom Hensley Keyboards
Jerry Hey Horn
Dan Higgins Horn
Tris Imboden Drums
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Rhett Lawrence Synthesizer
Paul Liem Drums
Alan Lindgren Keyboards
Steve Lukather Electric Guitar
Kevin Maloney Synthesizer
Michael Omartian Keyboards
David Paich Keyboards
Dean Parks Guitar, Electric Guitar
Reinie Press Bass
Carlos Vega Drums
Rick Bowen Synthesizer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Horn
Larry Williams Horn
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Contributor
David Foster Producer
Hugh Prestwood Composer
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underrated Neil Album

    I bought this album as an afterthought and was happily surprised at how good the songs are. Admittedly, I am a fan of Diamond's, but I do realize that this is one of his last really good albums. If you are a fan of his at all, you will enjoy this album. It is filled with both quick-paced and slower songs that really seem to work well for Neil. It's nowhere near his best work, but even when not at his best, Neil still puts out great music.

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