Not A Classic But A Solid Album For Diamond Fans
GregCnAZ | Phoenix, AZ USA | 12/07/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers may not be on par with Neil's earlier albums from the '70s such as "Tap Root Manuscript", "Stones", and "Moods". However, for the Neil Diamond fan, this one is worth owning. This release was produced by Bob Gaudio as was 1977s "I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight" (and other Diamond albums) and is actually quite similar in its production values. After 1976's "Beautiful Noise" Neil's sound seemed to move from the big, expansive sound of his previous albums to music with more of a smaller "band" feel. Granted, this album is more in the "fluffy pop" category than some of his deeper, earlier work, but still very enjoyable for many Diamond fans, including me. This album did produce two big singles for Neil that year: "Forever In Blue Jeans" and his duet with Barbra Streisand on "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". By the way, if you are a fan of "Flowers", Neil originally performed this song solo on the "I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight" album, which is also a very good version.
If you're not a big Neil Diamond fan or you are but haven't purchased a lot of his music, this would probably not be the best one to start with. However, if you like Neil but don't own "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", you should add this one to your collection."
An Excellent Album By Neil Diamond !!!
John Baranyai | 10/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This would have to one one of my favourite Neil Diamond albums. The track "Forever In Blue Jeans' is worth listening too just for the acoustic guitar introduction alone. "You Don't Bring Me Flower" , a duet with Ms.Barbra Streisand was also a big hit probably because it contained the lyrics "Now after loving me late at night, you just roll over and turn out the light". I suspect one reason for this song's sucess was that millions of lonely married women could relate to this predicament. I was so impressed with the track "Memphis Flyer" that I named my Porsche 930 Turbo after it!!!"