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Three Chord Opera
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
The title of Three Chord Opera is a close analog to that of Beautiful Noise, Neil Diamond's 1976 concept album about the pre-Beatles Brill Building pop-rock era. Lacking much of that record's bombast, Opera instead find... more »
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The title of Three Chord Opera is a close analog to that of Beautiful Noise, Neil Diamond's 1976 concept album about the pre-Beatles Brill Building pop-rock era. Lacking much of that record's bombast, Opera instead finds the veteran singer-songwriter and megastar in a ruminative mood. While no single song here equals the best of Diamond's '60s and '70s work, the disc is often touching in its sincerity and impressive in the subtlety of its orchestral arrangements. Diamond clearly continues to identify with many of the classic rock themes he and his write-to-order role models helped shape; he celebrates nights spent at the movies and driving past the city limits. But the record's real heart and best melodies lie in its final songs, which include a thumping lullaby for a Diamond grandchild ("Elijah's Song"), a near-Springsteenian ode to romance ("A Mission of Love"), and the genuinely sweet "Turn Down the Lights," which quotes Alan Freed's old signoff: "It's good night and not goodbye." --Rickey Wright
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Three Chord Opera Rocks!
10 Dollar Dreamer | Boston | 12/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"if 12 Songs is the unplugged Neil,then Three Chord Opera is the whole Neil Diamond band (including his concert horn section)having a good time celebrating an early style rock n roll that Neil was a big part of.But as feel good as songs like "Mission of Love",Baby Lets Drive" and "Dont Look Down" are,Neil Diamond the introspective singer/songwriter is well represented too.Ballads like "I Haven't Played This Song In Years" and "Midnight Dream" remind one more of Neil's early 70's gems then post-Streisand duet fluff.Richly orchestrated and deeply personal,the slower songs are some of Neil's strongest in years too.
12 Songs is mildy uneven.This is probably due to the fact that the Saving Silverman soundtrack was never released,and those songs ended up on Three Chord Opera.But other then that,Three Chord Opera is a strong collection,and has something for everybody."
As good as ever
Raymond Charles Lee | 06/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"have been a great neil diamond fan since intrduced by my older brother in law in the sixties have seen him four times live one of the best live acts ever all his music has been excellent he should get more acclaim than he does one of our greatest singer song writers ever buy his music and find out hope to see him again soon would love to see him in concert in america"
Neil Diamond is a legend.
Golden Oldie | Georgia | 11/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There isn't much that I can add to what has already been said about Neil Diamond's music. Like most, you either like him or you don't. I have a lot of his music and wanted to update some of my collection. Elijah's Song was written for his new grandson. His music always offers new insight in this talented man. I purchase a lot of items through Amazon as I know they back up their service to the customer.