Lovescape


Neil Diamond Album of the Month


November 1997


Welcome to the November installment of our ‘Album of the Month’ feature. This month the spotlight is on Lovescape. Below are some reviews of Lovescape printed in various publications, reviews of Neil shows during the Lovescape tour, lyrics to many of the songs, as well as the results of our Lovescape poll.




Excerpts from Published Reviews of Lovescape:

Neil Diamond presents......"Lovescape" Wright State University,
BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
February 1992

For a quarter-century, NEIL DIAMOND has been a performer so popular that he sets the standard by which others are measured. His fans demonstrate their devotion by showing up in record-breaking numbers at concerts around the country...

As his first release in three years, LOVESCAPE is an answered prayer for Neil's millions of fans, who may not have expected an album so deeply personal. Most of the fifteen songs in the collection were written by Neil. The music on LOVESCAPE covers the entire topography of love. The debut single, "If There Were No Dreams" (written by Neil with Michel Legrand and produced by Val Garay), embodies the classic Diamond approach of solid arrangements and an ironic lyric celebrating true love. The bittersweet "Hooked On The Memory Of You," his first duet since "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," pairs Neil with Kim Carnes. "Mountains of Love" speaks of the need to broaden our concerns to include an impoverished world, while the expansive "Don't Turn Around" articulates the anger of spurned love.
This complex artist has a gift for simple musical expressions, and on LOVESCAPE, Neil Diamond proves once again why he has lasted long after many less worthy pretenders have come and gone.

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12/91 Stereo Review Lovescape review:

Performance: Strained
Recording: Very Good
Neil Diamond is an easy target. A man who not only deals in emotional and instrumental excess, but pairs it with the blandest baritones ok, so maybe he does though in a growl or two occasionally, he negates his intensity with obsurd narcissism and artistic pretension. Those factors abound in Lovescape, a collection of gloopy songs for the terminally romantic.

Yet perhaps Diamond had higher aspirations. As if he were searching for somthing, got the help of not one, not two, but 6 producers for this project, ranging from the hideously wretched Val Garay to the more straight forward Albert Hammand to the mercurial Peter Ascher to the economical Don Was. Not surprisingly, the Was track, Wish Everything Was Alright, works best, as Was and his smart clutch of players. Trouble is the tune is so thin and repetitive, the production values don't mean much.

And so goes the rest of the album. Even when the songs are good, the production usually dives overboard in the sea of more vapidity...

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LOVESCAPE - Neil Diamond, Columbia 84610. Rating: ***1/2
by David Wilcox
This Week Magazine
October 16, 1991

Neil Diamond is hardly the hippest kid on the block - but that just means that a lot of self-conscious folks miss out on one of the continuing pleasures of pop music.

LOVESCAPE is unsurprisingly a sort of concept album about love--hardly unusual ground for Diamond. Still, few cover this turf as well, from effective romantic ballads like "If There Were No Dreams," the first single from the album, to a dramatic mid-tempo rocker like "Don't Turn Around," which sounds like an update of the sort of material Diamond recorded for Bang Records in the beginning of his career. Some tracks are a bit goofy--like the pseudo-reggae of "Mountains of Love," but in general, LOVESCAPE is the strongest album in years from an underappreciated talent.

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LOVESCAPE
By Dave Ferman
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - (Excerpts, Appeared in Various Publications)

Neil Diamond is a major, arena-filling star, he's had hit after hit, his song are as well-known as those of any American songwriter--and yet, listening to his latest CD, LOVESCAPE, you can't help but hear a lot of sadness, a lot of regret.

There are plenty of hopeful songs on LOVESCAPE. Diamond's first CD in three years: "If There Were No Dreams", "Mountains of Love", and "All I Really Need I You," are upbeat, positive declarations on the importance and power of love.

But quite often LOVESCAPE is not a merry stroll. "Don't Turn Around" is a ballad of the pain of a relationship's end, "Hooked On The Memory of You" (a duet with Kim Carnes) is a wistful look back, and in general a lot of songs are touched with a sense of loneliness.

"Well, that's always been part of my personality," says Diamond, taking a break from rehearsing for his upcoming tour. "All the way back to 'Solitary Man', there's a lot of emotions of emptiness I still feel, deep inside. That's what a lot of my songs are about, and if I got rid of that and became completely happy, my songs probably wouldn't be worth a damn. I try to put myself in the music."

Diamond is extremely proud of LOVESCAPE, a 15-song collection that sounds both more contemporary than past outings (there are more guitars, more percussion and production help from Don Was, who's been behind the boards for Bob Dylan and Bob Seger, among others) and like classic Diamond in its looks at the unpredictability of love and relationships.

"It's a guitar-based album," Diamond says. "It just seems the truer and closer I get to myself, the more guitar you'll hear. It's my instrument. But no, I wasn't trying to be more contemporary; I just want to make beautiful music, songs that are affecting and that will touch people. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don't, but my mission is simple; to touch people and make them feel good, feel 'something' again."

.......the three years that have passed since his last CD "The Best Years of Our Lives" seems like a long time, Diamond says it was necessary to make LOVESCAPE.

"This is just a bigger album, so it just took that much longer," he says, "I wanted there to be something for everybody on it, and I just planned to write and perform songs based on the theme of the landscape of life and love and the heart."


  Lovescape: ‘Love in the Round’ Concert Reviews

Fort Worth (Texas) Star Telegram - December 18, 1991
DIAMOND'S STILL A GEM TO FAITHFUL
By Dave Ferman

FORT WORTH- Love Neil Diamond or not, say this for the guy: There's a reson he sells out arenas night after night, and it's not just the fact that his songs have been mellow-rock staples since the mid-'60's.

Nope, the reason is this: For his music, and his audience's expectations, Neil Diamond puts on a darned good show, and one that satisfies in terms of number of songs played, quality of sound, band and staging and all the other things you pay your money for.

Diamond's two-hour-plus show last night at the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Convention Center Arena found the entertainer and his big band kicking off their tour in style, moving from the big ballads "Hello Again" to old bubblegum "Cherry Cherry" to a medley of songs from "The Jazz Singer" to a number of songs from his recent LOVESCAPE CD.

There were no noticeable opening-night glitches, the sound was among the very best I have ever heard at an arena show, and the in-the-round seating arrangement worked extremely well; Diamond and company--including Elvis Presley's former drummer, Ron Tutt--really did look and feel closer.

At 50, Diamond is a tad pudgier than in past years, and his hip-shaking and sweeping hand gestures sometimes looked awkward when he roamed the slowly revolving stage singing without a guitar. But his vocals--on everything from 1966's "Solitary Man" to "Soolaimon" to "Sweet Caroline" to "Beautiful Noise"--were sure, and he performed with a minimum of between-song nonsense and pandering to the crowd. "September Morn" was not especially strong, but other than that he often sounded 'just like the record', which was the idea.

However, a long stretch of songs from LOVESCAPE--including "Sweet LA Days, Lonely Lady #17, and Hooked On The Memory of You" (with vocalist Linda Press standing in for Kim Carnes)--was only politely received by the audience. For most other performers, that might be disquieting, but Neil Diamond can rest easy: His fans will no doubt continue to love his ability to return them to yesteryear, in large part because he does so very well.

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Los Angeles (California) Times - March 13, 1992
By Don Heckman

You can say this about Neil Diamond--he's a heckuva salesman. Eight sold-out performances at the 18,000-seat Forum in the middle of the worst recession in a decade is not exactly chopped liver.

Diamond's opening night program Wednesday was a perfect illustration of just what a class act this guy really is.

The physical presentation was first rate, with the floor of the arena dominated by an enormous, rotating circular stage. Overhead, a forest of lights created spectacular, laser-driven arrays of brilliant colors.

At the center of it all, Diamond was a nonstop whirl of energy--singing, preaching, dancing, flirting, interacting with his listeners with a rare sense of genuine involvement.

The rapturously enthusiastic audience loved every minute.

The music lived up to the presentation. The old stuff was better than the newer songs, but Diamond is a classic example of a singer who can get a lyrical reading out of the phone book.

If his voice became a bit gravelly and unfocused in the latter part of the program, who cared? Diamond generously gave more than two hours of music without a break.

He spent a fair part of the set touring his own personal memory lane via songs like "Song Sung Blue, " "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Beautiful Noise" and "I'm A Believer" (to name only a few of more than two dozen numbers performed), and that was good.

Almost as appealing was his lovely, low-key reading of the Bernstein/Sondheim "One Hand, One Heart" from "West Side Story," and several songs from his scores for "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" and "The Jazz Singer." "America," from the latter, climaxed with the appearance of four enormous American flags.

But singing a slew of pieces from his current album, LOVESCAPE, was less good.

At his best, Diamond is a songwriter whose rich understanding of drama, balance and pacing is matched by talent for writing irresistibly catchy choruses. Too many of the newer songs, however, went for the melodrama, at the cost of both the vigor and the immediate accessibility of his earlier work.

The audience seemed to sense the difference. What had been a free and easy interaction between performer and listeners during Diamond's earliest songs faded away to respectful but unenthusiastic applause for the current numbers.

Still, it's hard to fault an artist who is so willing--so determined--to reach out and share an event. As with Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash, a Diamond concert is a special event for its audience members. To his great credit, he recognized the fact and appeared to give everything he had. If Diamond ever decides to market cars instead of music, Lee Iacocca could be in serious trouble.

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The San Diego (California) Union-Tribune
September 26, 1992
By Robert J. Hawkins
(Some comical excerpts, just for fun)

"Mr. Diamond hopes you will enjoy tonight's performance," booms the deep voice from somewhere up in the Sports Arena rafters last night. Somewhere directly over that galactic spaceship that doubles as a stage in the round.

It's really more like: "No smoking. Know your exits. And Mr. Diamond hopes you will enjoy the show." Right. Like this crowd isn't going to enjoy 'Mr. Diamond.'

This crowd is pumped. This crowd is ready. This crowd is 14,322 strong. This crowd is going to come en masse to your house and tear out your shrubs and arms if you put down Mr. Diamond.

If Elvis had lived and Neil Diamond had died, Brooklyn would not have a tourism problem today. His fans are that devoted.

Sure, he looks like your uncle the banker, the one who commanders the microphone at weddings, for just one song. But he isn't. Your uncle the banker could never sing non-stop for more than two hours, closer to 2-1/2 hours, the way Neil Diamond does.

Diamond never seems to tire of making love with his audience. He wiggles his hips, turns into a fluid stick when his guitar is strapped on. He winks. He giggles. He teases. There are the big Diamond Kisses: a wide sweep of the left hand from his lips to his fans'--followed by the deep, deep bow of gratitude.

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BITS AND PIECES FROM AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM - 1992
- Sydney, Australia -

The voice is slightly deeper but just as strong and he plays the audience like a violin.

He sang all the favorites from way back when, including Red Red Wine, Holly Holy, Cracklin Rosie and I Am...I Said. He sang several songs from his latest album, LOVESCAPE, and the audience became subdued and introspective, simply to acquaint themselves with the new material.

Diamond is one of the most prolific songwriters in modern times and last night drew on his extensive repertoire to satisfy the hits-craving audience.

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- Adelaide, Australia
April 9, 1992

From the dramatic orchestral opening song "Mountains of Love", with its pin-light laser beam show, to the rousing finale, Diamond's light refracted to every corner of the capacity-filled venue.

Diamond looked trim, taut and terrific with his long mane of silvering hair flowing about a black shirt with multicolored patches and tight black trousers with just a hint of flares.

With a wiggle of his hips and a '70's style thrust of his hand, Diamond rocked through classics such as "Sweet Caroline", "Cherry Cherry", and "Solitary Man", mixing these throughout the night with ballads such as "Hello Again" and "September Morn."

Diamond displayed his diversity with two percussionists providing Afro-rhythms on "Beautiful Noise" and "Soolaimon", and genuine Trinidad steel drums on "Lonely Lady No. 17."

It might have been 15 years since Diamond last set foot on an Australian stage, but so far as the beaming audience was concerned he had never been away.

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(London) Daily Mail
July 1, 1992

DI'S DIAMOND--Something to cheer the Princess of Wales up on her 31st birthday...tickets to Neil Diamond's Wembley concert later this month are winging their way to her, courtesy of the star-spangled crooner himself....

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Dublin, Ireland
June 28, 1992 It was the golden oldies section that had everyone clapping hands like they were disappearing from the evolutionary chain. "Solitary Man" started all the chaos. This was followed by "Cherry Cherry" which obtained a medium reception. "Sweet Caroline," however, produced a reaction that can only be described as apocalyptic. In the twinkling of a world-weary eye, Croke Park transformed from a football ground into the biggest and best wedding reception in the world.

Despite the occasional lapse into high-class cabaret--Neil Diamond at Croke Park hit all the right responsive buttons. It wasn't a rock concert. There was no mystery and very little pouncing about. This was instead a celebration of exceptionally ordinary entertainment values.

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London, England
July 17, 1992
Neil Diamond, the solitary man who writes happy tunes and melancholy words isn't sinking into his 51 years gracefully. He gave a challenging and energetic show to a surprisingly mixed age-range crowd. They jollied him along, formation clapping on "Sweet Caroline." The good humor was infectious. Later songs such as "If There Were No Dreams" didn't work so well as the Sixties and Seventies material. This song suffered from orchestral synthesizers and a heavy-handed arrangement. When he dropped the pomp it was delightful. "I'm A Believer" and "Forever in Blue Jeans" injected vitality. His vibrato shook with emotion for the splendidly sentimental "Love On The Rocks." Diamond may not be writing hits any more, but he proved he can still tap the enormous creativity that unleashed some of the best pop songs ever written.

Lovescape: Song Selections and Lyrics:

  1. If There Were No Dreams
  2. Mountains of Love
  3. Don’t Turn Around
  4. Someone Who Believes in You
  5. When You Miss Your Love
  6. Fortune of the Night
  7. One Hand, One Heart
  8. Hooked on the Memory of You
  9. Wish Everything Was Alright
  10. The Way
  11. Sweet LA Days
  12. All I Really Need is You
  13. Lonely Lady #17
  14. I Feel You
  15. Common Ground

Lovescape Poll Results

Song Total Points
(+1 pt for fav song vote
-1 pt for least fav song)
Favorite Least
Favorite
All I Really Need is You 19 21 2
If There Were No Dreams 15 18 3
Mountains of Love 10 12 2
Don’t Turn Around 6 9 3
One Hand, One Heart 3 7 4
Someone Who Believes in You 3 5 2
When You Miss Your Love 3 3 0
Sweet LA Days 2 7 5
Hooked on the Memory of You 1 7 6
Wish Everything Was Alright -1 3 4
The Way -3 2 5
I Feel You -4 1 5
Common Ground -4 0 -4
Lonely Lady #17 -14 4 18
Fortune of the Night -19 0 19

 

Lovescape: Reader’s Comments

There were 85 total participants in this month’s poll -- Thanks to all who voted!! 51 people prefered Neil’s solo version of Hooked on the Memory of You, while only 28 chose the duet. (I am in full agreement). As for the ratings, 40 persons rated Lovescape a “5”, 36 voted for “4” five votes for “3” two votes for “2” and one vote for “1”. I was very surprised it rated this high, and my feeling is that many folks felt “obligated” to rate it highly, because it is Neil, and were rating the album against all other albums, by any artists. Perhaps I should have said to rate it COMPARED TO NEIL’S OTHER ALBUMS, I think then there would have been many more “3’s” and “2’s”. Here are most of the comments I recieved from the fans........thanks again to all who took part!

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Definitely my least favorite album cover!! (Sorry Neil)

 
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Altogether, Lovescape is a good album...but of course, there are stand outs.....Neil's work continues to shine....

 
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~ No wonder GOD named him Diamond ~

 
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I AM NOT A VERY OBJECTIVE PERSON WHEN IT COMES TO ANYTHING THAT NEIL DIAMOND SINGS. I LIKE EVERYTHING. THIS IS A GREAT ALBUM. I REALLY LIKE ALL THE SONGS, SOME MORE THAN OTHERS. I AM GLAD THAT YOU HAVE THIS SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR ALL OF NEIL'S FANS.

 
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I think this Neil's best album-songs about love and love falling apart. The beautiful music and lyrics left me breathless.

 
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First impression - hate the cover picture!! Liked the album when it came out but for some inexplicable reason, I seldom play it now.

 
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I think Lovescape needed more "Neil-only" songs - ones that Neil had written alone without co-authors, which I don't think are generally of the same quality as those he writes by himself. But there are still a lot of great tunes on the album, "Wish Everything Was Alright" especially is a classic - maybe Neil should get Don Was to produce his next album????

 
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Underrated, it is a shame that it was not a commercial success. my three young kids love "Mountains of Love".

 
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Like the album, but don't play it as often as others. The cover has my least favorite photo of Neil.

 
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This is one of my favorite albums of Neil's and I have listened to it many, many times. Most all of the music has a lot of depth and also some sadness. His version of "One Hand, One Heart" from "West Side Story" is the best I have ever heard. Also like "Sweet LA Days" "The Way" and especially "All I Really Need Is You" I guess is that he was going through some tough times when much of this music was written.

 
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I think Mountains Of Love was one of the best songs ND had written in years. Great memories of listening to this song for the first time on a beautiful California beautiful day cruising up the San Diego Freeway.

 
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I’ve almost wore it out and will be purchasing another soon

 
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-> Probably my favorite of the "newer" Neil Diamond albums. Not quite up to par with his earlier work, but very good.

 
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As much I hate to say it, Lovescape is, simply put, forgettable. This is the worst album of Neil's career, a half-hearted attempt at pop from a writer who obviously had reached a low point in his creative juices. The tank was simply on E. There are only a few tracks I can recall that are listenable-- the upbeat Mountains of Love, and the his emotional/powerful rendition of Don't Turn Around, the latter having a personal meaning for me. Other than that, this CD rarely leaves my shelf. Ironically, this was the album that Neil debuted on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in January 1992. He sang "One Hand, One Heart", I believe.

 
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I feel there is a lot of pain, broken love, in this album. If I am low at the time, it can be a real downer. It also has too few up tempo songs. I am not crazy about the lyrics to Lonely Lady #17, but I love the fun uptempo rhythm.

 
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I don't like the cover photo at all ( looks like Ed Ames, not Neil Diamond ), but that's the only thing I don't like about it. It's a very "romantic mood setter" as far as I'm concerned. But so much of Neil’s' music is! That's why I love him & his music so much!

 
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Might I just add a few words about the Lovescape album. I am a 21 year old guy that is somewhat of a big fan of Neil Diamond. I have 35 of his albums on compact disc which would constitute most of what he has released. I consider myself well versed on Neil's music. Lovescape is one of my favorite albums that Neil has done. Now since I became a fan of his just a few years back, I am somewhat partial to his newer stuff and this album is terrific. The feelings that the songs evoke are great. The only drawback that I see is that Neil chose the wrong singles for release. The far better material never hit the radio. A personal favorite of mine is One Hand One Heart, though the best song on there is When You Miss the One You Love. The album was one that didn't go gold and I thing that Neil should re release it to ensure that it does go gold cause it needs to be noticed. Critics thought that it was pallid, but on the contrary it is an excellent album that grows in you

 
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I enjoy Lovescape...but if I just want to sit and relax with my wife and have Neil take us away from the real world for a little while, this is not the album for that. Lovescape is an album where I'd rather listen to certain tracks instead the entire album.

 
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great overall album, when it came out I thought it was the best he had done in many years.

 
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-> This is most likely my favorite CD from my buddy Neil. However, "Fortune of the night" and "The Way" are probably my least favorite songs from his entire career. I look forward to going to another concert. Hope your back is getting better. Your #1 fan in UTAH.

 
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The whole album is great except for the song Lonely Lady #17

 
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Absolutely not up to par; much of it is unlistenable. I love the early Neil stuff, but the 90's albums aren't quite the same.

 
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I REALLY LOVED THIS ALBUM. I FOUND IT VERY EMOTIONAL. I WISH YOU WOULD DO MORE ALBUMS LIKE IT.

 
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It's Neil! 'Best there is!!!!!

 
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Neil looks Hispanic and overweight on the album cover

 
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I loved the Lovescape Album but I especially LOVED the Tour. It was a blast!!! You never knew what Neil was going to do next on or off stage. I started the tour in Ft. Worth and ended the tour in Los Angels with my Diamond Buddies with MANY shows in-between. Sweet memories to last a lifetime.

 
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There really isn't any songs I dislike, I enjoy listening to all the songs on this album.

 
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I thought that the album was very good, but then I think that anything that Neil Diamond does is either very good or excellent.

 
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I am a fanatic fan of Neil Diamond, and the album Lovescape is an excellent release by him. I would have to say that it is one of the best albums, because of the songs. They all have such wonderful stories behind them. I guess if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the only song penned solely by Neil on the album, which is Someone Who Believes in You. The song strikes a strong chord in my soul, because I tend to want so much in life (I am 21 by the way), yet Neil points out that in the end all that is worth nothing if you don't have someone who believes in you. How very true! It is a lesson we have heard many times, yet wonderfully put to music by the man who is in my eyes, The King of Pop. Another wonderful song is The Way. A very different kind of song, yet nevertheless, a wonderful one that has a lot to say to each of us. My rating of the album would be a 10, but I will have to give it a nine because it never went gold. Sorry NEIL----you picked the wrong single for release. If it had been a different one, I am sure the album would have been better noticed and more well received

 
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Really enjoyed the album when released , mainly because of the Australian tour that came with it. Still listen to this album on a regular basis.

 
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Good Album. I really enjoy listening to this album. It brought me through some hard times in my life.

 
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Generally, a good album & collection of love songs. Not one of his Top 5 in my opinion. With he would have replaced Hooked On Memory duet with Hard Time for Lovers duet with Kim Carnes. Also, should have put Just Need to Love you More (now on In My Lifetime) for some upbeat tempo.

 
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Better than the previous 2 or 3 efforts. What happened to the mystical side of Neil? Surely there is more to write about than love and loss. Not that those don't have their place../but it was the early biographical stuff that got us all hooked in the first place. Remember the songs that came from deep down?? Give me Lady Magdalene or Yes, I will or captain sunshine over the new stuff!!! With love from the 14 year old poet

 
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The album would be much stronger without the mediocre songs - Fortune of the Night, When You Miss Your Love, The Way. Neil's voice is strong and expressive on several cuts, but on some of the ballads, his voice is too rough.

 
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One Hand, One Heart far exceeds Marry Me for a wedding song. It says so much more. The whole album is excellent - very emotional; lots of feeling; lots of mood. Always prefer Neil alone rather than duets. One Good Love with Waylon Jennings sounds like guy in bar talking with bartender. Wish Neil would do more of Lovescape songs on concert tour.

 
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Because I prefer ballads as a genre, and Neil's ballads in particular, Lovescape is one of my favorites because it offers so many. Frankly, I think Lovescape is a seriously underrated album, especially among Neil's fans.

 
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Some of the songs were ok. But as a whole the album just didn't sound Neil Diamond material. I don't really think Lovescape was a big seller in the record stores.

 
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It's Neil, I'm Happy!

 
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I also love "The Way" and Neil's version of "Don't Turn Around." The only drawback to the album is its AWFUL cover -- yuck! Whoever designed that cover sure didn't care about researching Neil's music.

 
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It was not one of my favorite albums at first but it really grew on me and when I want to hear some of his different songs other than the old stand by I play this one.

 
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I think this was one of Neil's best studio albums up to this point in awhile. I generally loved all the songs, they were mostly all lively and I heard many of them in concert. The only thing I don't like is the cover. I would consider this one of my favorite 90's "unlive" Neil albums.

 
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I think this album was panned by the critics and fans a like. I believe song for song it's the one of the most solid albums Neil has ever done. This is a great album to remember why you feel in love. I think Neil’s voice was to forum on this album I would recommend this album to anyone who is not a Neil fan.

 
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An excellent album...always picks my spirits up when I'm feeling a little low

 
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Love the whole album. This is my favorite album of all.

 
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I loved the album from the very beginning. I still remember when a local radio station DJ came on and announced that they were doing a world premiere song from Neil Diamond's latest album, which had not been release as of yet. This was on a Sunday morning and I was still half asleep, but that woke me up fast. Even now when I play the album, I find that the songs have grown more in my heart, the depth of the feelings are strong to me.

 
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Words cannot do this album justice. I think every song in this album had a purpose and a reason. The music was orchestrated beautifully. I think this album, above all others, with the exception of Tennessee Moon, reflects the real Neil. I think this album was exceptional. I also feel that the next album coming will also be songs from the heart and he might need our support.

 
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Lovescape album is terrific and so is Neil! as far as I'm concerned he has no bad albums or songs!

 
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Lovescape is one of my all time favorites.

 
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I personally prefer the Solo version of "Hooked on the Memory of You" from the Best Years album because only Neil is singing so, nothing is in the way of feeling "his true emotion". Was not overly impressed with Kim Carnes voice, she took away some of Neil’s fire. Although I did like it when Neil and Linda Press did the duet on tour, their voices compliment each other so well. The absolutely WORST part of this album was the "photo", still don’t think it looks like Neil. There were many good songs on this album but, (like the Best Years album) it did not receive much backing by Sony. But, when did Sony give Neil ANY push - with the exception of Tennessee Moon

 
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Regarding "Hooked on You", the BEST version is from the Best Years album. It’s Neil crying out with his heart and so much feeling expressed in his voice. The Kim Carnes duet from Lovescape was just SO/SO, much shorter version plus, they seem in a hurry to finish signing it.

 
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I like LOVESCAPE a lot. It was a happier feel and lead to Neil coming back to Australia after waiting 16 years for a return.

 
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When this album debuted in 1991, it was said to have bad reviews. I personally thought of it as one of his better albums. Highlights for me on this album were songs like If There Were No Dreams, Don't Turn Around (which was quite honestly embarrassed by the cheep remake of Ace Of Base), and my personal favorite from the album, When You Miss Your Love. I really did not see too many down sides to the album if there were any at all. it's always been one of my favorites.

 
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I really loved the Lovescape album from the very first play. From the rock of Sweet LA Days to the soft and beautiful version of "One Hand One Heart" this was a good Neil Diamond album, worth waiting for.

 
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I think it is wonderful---as are all of Neil's albums

 
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The cover photo has to be the worst I've EVER seen of Neil...and it looks like it's been airbrushed to within an inch of its life. C'mon, wrinkles and gray hair are okay!

 
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This is probably my very least favorite CD cover. Not a flattering hair style or jacket! My take on this CD is that the end of Neil's marriage played a big part in the tone of the songs -- so it's kinda depressing --

 
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Not my favorite, by any means

 
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"Lovescape" is one of my favorite Neil Diamond albums. I like them all, of course, but Lovescape is one of my 'most listened to' albums. I love (along with "JLS," equally) to listen to it in the car on a long trip. Makes the miles go by with a calming effect. 'One Hand, One Heart' is one of three songs by Neil that I've arranged to have played at my funeral (not trying to be morbid, here, but just wanted you to know how deeply I feel about that song). While I'm here, I want to thank you for keeping this board alive. Some of the others have either gone by the wayside or have become embedded with such disgusting things that I don't even care to visit them anymore. Also, I've visited your Jay White webpage. I've met Jay at Neil's Chicago birthday party and think he's one of the best cover acts I've seen. I talked to him at length about his revue of Neil's music as well as the stage production he's writing. I hope he gets it produced.....it will be a loving tribute to Neil.....whom we all know deserves such a loving tribute. Please ask Jay to keep us informed on the progress of the production. And thanks, once again, Joe, for all you do for Neil.

 
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For me is difficult to give my opinion about the three songs indicated because after all I love ND, his wonderful voice and his charm. Lovescape is an album with 15 lovely songs and everyone in is style, but all 15 beautiful, all 15 true pearls of music.

 

 

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