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Tennessee Moon

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Tennessee Moon

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Neil Diamond
genre:
Country

We gave it a C+

You can put the boy into the country, but can you put the country into the New York Jewish singer-songwriter? Actually, it’s remarkable how Neil Diamond’s emotional grandiosity fits right into the Nashvillean pocket on Tennessee Moon, with virtually no tailoring required, other than the steel guitars on most of the 18 tracks. His drive South to collaborate with country’s leading lights (from Waylon Jennings to Raul Malo) is an extremely mixed bag — too often yielding a double dose of icky balladic bathos, yet also displaying in a few looser tunes an encouraging sprightliness that hasn’t been felt in his recordings for over 20 years.

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