Neil Diamond is returning to holiday music with the release of his new festive record Acoustic Christmas.
The new album will feature acoustic versions of classic Christmas songs including O Holy Night, Silent Night, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. There will also be original tracks from the Sweet Caroline hitmaker, like Christmas Prayers and #1 Christmas Record.
"One need look no further than Neil's earliest hits to know that something special happens when you set his voice in the middle of a few acoustic guitars: the vibrant expression that lives in the nuances of Neil's singing moves to the forefront and creates a profoundly intimate experience," reads a statement from producer Don Was. "The vibe in the studio seems inspired by the folk scene of Neil's early years in Greenwich Village, (New York)."
"He's got such a warm voice like gravy or hot chocolate," producer Jacknife Lee adds. "The moments that worked so well during those sessions were when Neil sat with us and played the songs on the sofa, with his acoustic guitar, and we'd all pick up instruments that were lying about and join in. It was like traditional holiday gathering, when small family groups would sing together at home."
Diamond is no stranger to Christmas albums - his previous releases include 2009's A Cherry Cherry Christmas, 1992's The Christmas Album, and 1994's The Christmas Album, Volume II.
The album will hit stores next month (Oct16).