When Rolling Stone caught up with Neil Diamond last summer, the singer-songwriter had just penned a song to commemorate the Boston Marathon bombings while continuing to work a new LP. “The theme is all about up, high spirits and I can only hope to go where it takes me,” he said. “I probably won’t be seen until the record is written and finished.”
Now the finished product, a 12-song LP titled Melody Road, is scheduled for an October 21st release on Capitol Records, and the man behind it can finally return to the public eye. Produced by Don Was and Jacknife Lee, the record is Diamond’s first studio album since 2010’s Dreams, and first collection of original material since 2008’s chart-topping, Rick Rubin-produced Home Before Dark. Above, check out the music video for the album’s fifth track: Backlit and occasionally glancing at the camera, he sings the reflective “Nothing But a Heartache” lyrics while strumming his guitar on a stool in a dark room.
Melody Road can be pre-ordered here.