Picks and Pans Review: Some Days Are Diamonds
The full citation for this LP's title track is Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone), and that philosophy sums up the way people feel about J.D.: Some people think he's a gem, others look upon him more as ordinary soft rock. This is the first Denver record produced by Larry Butler, whose no-nonsense arrangements are an asset to anyone with any talent at all. (Nobody gets to solo, though; there's only one star on this record.) Even those who find Denver's own tune, Country Love, characteristically cloying—"Country love is kisses in the kitchen/Country love is honest and it's true"—may find something touching about Wild Flowers in a Mason Jar (The Farm), a Dennis Linde story song about an old man talking to his grandson. This LP won't change anyone's opinion, in any event; either you think Denver sings with all the feeling of someone reciting the Aspen phone book, or you think he's the sincerest thing this side of an eagle flying over the Grand Canyon.