Picks and Pans Review: September Morn
It is fitting that Diamond's movie debut next Christmas will be a remake of Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer. At his worst, Diamond, like Jolson, can get excessively melodramatic. That side of him is present in the title song, which he co-wrote, and on a jangling version of the irresistible old Martha and the Vandellas hit Dancing in the Streets. Still, Diamond will please his hard-core fans here, and about everyone will admire his relatively subtle rendering of I'm a Believer. (Yes, it's the Diamond tune that was made into a hit by the Monkees.) Then there's Jazz Time, a fetchingly orchestrated bit of swing fluff on which Neil's voice is used sparingly—and effectively—in snappy riffs. That selection embodies a musical precept—that less is sometimes more—which could clear out a lot of the rough in Diamond.