Picks and Pans Review: Primitive

updated 09/24/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/24/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Neil Diamond

Just about anything Diamond sings about, from romance to social injustice, he does with oddly harsh overtones of bitterness in his vocal style. It's as if he's always thinking about how his car just got towed away for being illegally parked. He never seems to muster the primitive's real passion. This album includes three songs he wrote with Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, in addition to six solo Diamond efforts that reflect his usual stridency. Diamond's voice seems unchanged, and his orchestrations, by a small corps of arrangers including Bacharach, are workmanlike. This album should please Diamond lovers. It won't win him any converts. (Columbia)

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