by Neil Diamond
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Lovescape frames Neil Diamond's typically strong, if a little over-dramatic, vocal style with plinking keyboards, cooing backup singers, and hissing, breathy synthesizers. It's all drenched in the kind of reverb that screams "lite rock radio sap." Fortunately, Diamond's wine-stained voice is still full of emotion and more than capable of closing the album's gaping holes with a just-right emphasis here and a plaintive growl there. "Mountains of Love"'s sanitized world beat groove and keening horns would shrivel in anyone else's hands. But when Neil sings "Come on let's go/We've got room on that mountain of love," you want to believe in his feed-the-world message and follow him right to the top of the peak (how does he climb in those ankle boots?). A strummed acoustic guitar slows down the Hammond/Warren composition "Don't Turn Around," letting it breathe like the classic "Red Red Wine" -- Diamond's take has none of the mechanization of Ace of Base's later hit version. He has written or co-written 11 of Lovescape's 15 tracks, and it's his lilting, bruised heart duet with Kim Carnes that's the obvious standout. Elsewhere, he covers "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story, refueling the ballad with his typical message of unification and peace, and buoys the faint country feel of "When You Miss Your Love" with a deft vocal touch, never letting it drift into dangerous Elton John territory. Although heaping helpings of synthesizer do their worst to slow him down, Diamond does his best with Lovescape's material, and salvages a handful of memorable moments for longtime listeners or the casual fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/1991
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644861044
catalogNumber: 48610

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Kim Carnes   Vocals,Track Performer
King Errisson   Conga
Valerie Carter   Background Vocals
Andrew Gold   Guitar
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Peter Asher   Tambourine
Benmont Tench   Organ
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Susan Boyd   Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Piano,Keyboards
Vince Charles   Percussion
Assa Drori   Concert Master
Tim Drummond   Bass
Sally Dworsky   Background Vocals
Wendy Fraser   Background Vocals
Claude Gaudette   Keyboards
Bob Glaub   Bass
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
Hadley Hockensmith   Guitar
Tom Hensley   Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson   Piano
Raven Kane   Background Vocals
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Larry Knechtel   Piano
Alan Lindgren   Keyboards
Bob Magnusson   Electric Bass
Kate Markowitz   Background Vocals
Jean McClain   Background Vocals
Linda Press   Background Vocals
Reinie Press   Bass
Doug Rhone   Guitar,Background Vocals
Andrea Robinson   Background Vocals
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Joe Turano   Background Vocals
Ron Tutt   Drums,Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums,Acoustic Bass
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Carmen Twilley   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Producer
Larry Williams   Composer
Albert Hammond   Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
Dan Bosworth   Engineer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger
David Campbell   Arranger
Guy DeFazio   Engineer
Simon Franglen   Programming
Val Garay   Producer,Engineer
Tom Hensley   Arranger
Daren Klein   Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Alan Lindgren   Arranger
Brett Swain   Engineer
Don Was   Producer
Bernie Becker   Engineer
Lawrence Brown   Engineer
David Kirschner   Art Direction
Matt Gruber   Engineer
Hadley Rockensmith   Composer
Raymond Douglas Rhone   Composer

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Lovescape 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, words of the heart so well stated and,as usual, so nicely put to music. So expressive!So typical of this incredible man!