Neil Diamond to work with Rick Rubin again

Neil Diamond to work with Rick Rubin again
There will be at least one more pairing in the studio with producer Rick Rubin, Neil Diamond said in an interview with yours truly for The Miami Herald. Fitting, given that the first, 12 Songs, garnered Diamond’s best reviews and the second, this year’s Home Before Dark, became Diamond’s first No. 1 album a couple weeks after he served as a guest mentor on American Idol and previewed its first single, Pretty Amazing Grace, on the reality show.

“We’ll do more together,” Diamond says. “We like working together, we like what the albums are sounding like, and I’ve even started writing again for the next album. The focus makes itself known over a period of writing. I’m not going into it with any hard rules of what I want. I let [the songwriting] marinate and come up as it wants to. I’m just as interested as anybody to see what happens.”

Read more of my interview with Neil in Thursday’s Tropical Life and also a People page feature on Friday. Neil performs Sunday at BankAtlantic Center.

Photo: (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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