Melody Road, Diamond’s new album, is now available via NPR’s First Listen program prior to its full release next week.
The album, his 32nd, marks Diamond’s first as a Capitol Records artist and his first album of new material since 2008’s Home Before Dark. It marks an idea that finally came to fruition: Diamond’s collaboration with producer Don Was, who called the singer 25 years ago to talk making a record.
The result is a return to the 73-year-old’s fuller-sounding, instrumentation-rich releases following stripped-down affairs in the 2000s produced by Rick Rubin. Jacknife Lee also collaborated with Diamond on Melody Road in a producer role.