Like Neil Diamond's previous album 12 Songs
, this was produced by Rick Rubin, who had previously masterminded Johnny Cash's late career renaissance including his cover of Nine Inch Nail's "Hurt
." The producer and record label boss has had a similar effect on Diamond's career and the singer-songwriter told the Sun
about working with Rubin: "I think Rick and I came together at a very fortuitous moment. It was at a time when I had to show my colors. When I heard that clock ticking louder than ever, when I knew that my time and my chances were limited, I suddenly got the opportunity to work with somebody new who I liked. I didn't know very much about him. Professionally, I knew a little bit, but mostly I started to work with Rick because I liked him."