Saturday, June 24, 2017

RECORD REVIEW: Glen Campbell "Adiós"

RECORD REVIEW
Glen Campbell
Adiós
(Universal Music)
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The authentic music and stories
of traditional country artists only
seem to increase in value over
time. Hence, recent records from
such living legends as Loretta
Lynn, Willie Nelson and Glen
Campbell represent some of the
strongest work of their careers.
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He's a true icon — a gifted singer, songwriter and master multi instrumentalist. And over the last 50+ years, Glen Campbell has achieved incredible success in country, pop and rock. As a result, his latest collection serves as a beautiful and poignant farewell to an old friend.

Produced by award-winning songwriter, Carl Jackson, Adiós will sadly be Campbell's final record. And what a fantastic record it is. Warm and rich, the 11-song set is comprised of Campbell's personal longtime favorites and was recorded nearly five years ago shortly after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The record was then held back until its June 2017 release.

Showcasing the work of such prolific songwriters as Jimmy WebbWillie NelsonBob Dylan and the late Jerry ReedAdiós is brimming with classics, including "Everybody's Talkin'," "Funny How Time Slips Away," "She Thinks I Still Care" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." All-star contributions include Willie Nelson and Vince Gill, as well as three of Campbell's children Ashley, Cal and Shannon.

Despite having grown deeper and a bit raspy over the years, Campbell's voice remains honest and pure throughout. Additionally, the record boasts many noteworthy highlights. Cut from the same stylistic fabric as the latest Loretta Lynn record, "Arkansas Farmboy" is a bona fide down-home delight, as is the pair of Jimmy Webb gems — the authentic 8-Track-style "Post Card from Paris" and the gorgeous, record-closing title track.

In sum, a beautiful and poignant farewell, indeed. (B+)

-Christopher Long
(June 2017)

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