Monday, November 07, 2005

Critical Condition: Neil Diamond; Kate Bush

Looks like tomorrow's a big day for big comeback albums.

Critics are already praising the new album from... (and I never thought I'd be saying this)...

...Neil Diamond. Stephen Thomas Erlewine raves about 12 Songs, Diamond's collaboration with producer Rick Rubin:

And that's why 12 Songs is, in a way, even more welcome than American Recordings. Where Cash's comeback confirmed what everybody already knew about him, this presents a side of Neil Diamond that's never been heard on record and, in the process, it offers a new way of looking at the rest of his catalog -- which is a pretty remarkable achievement, but the best thing about 12 Songs is that it's simply one of the most entertaining, satisfying albums Diamond has ever released.

And we mustn't forget the new Kate Bush album, Aerial!

Thom Jurek turns in a lengthy review at AMG:

Nothing much happens on Aerial except the passing of a day, as noted by the one who engages it in the process of being witnessed, yet it reveals much about the interior and natural worlds and expresses spiritual gratitude for everyday life. Musically, this is what listeners have come to expect from Bush at her best -- a finely constructed set of songs that engage without regard for anything else happening in the world of pop music. There's no pushing of the envelope because there doesn't need to be. Aerial is rooted in Kate Bush's oeuvre, with grace, flair, elegance, and an obsessive, stubborn attention to detail. What gets created for the listener is an ordinary world, full of magic; it lies inside one's dwelling in overlooked and inhabited spaces, and outside, from the backyard and out through the gate into wonder.


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