Glen Campbell Ghost on the Canvas

Glen Campbell Ghost on the Canvas
It seemed as if Glen Campbell was poised to introduce himself to a new generation following his 2008 album of contemporary covers, Meet Glen Campbell. But sadly, soon after, the Americana icon was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, meaning that this highly anticipated follow-up marks the final statement in a rich musical history stretching back to his time as a member of Phil Spector's legendary session band, the Wrecking Crew. As the consummate professional, Campbell's work was always of a higher standard, even after he became better known as a television personality in the '70s and for his battles with addiction up until the last decade. That past adds even more weight to the performances on Ghost on the Canvas, a glorious and graceful farewell paying equal tribute to Campbell's classic sound and his effortless interpretive skill. The latter is displayed on the Paul Westerberg-penned title track, as well as Guided By Voices' "Hold On Hope," both of which sit well alongside the bulk of the material written by Campbell's chief collaborator on the album, former Jellyfish and Imperial Drag mastermind Roger Manning Jr. By final track "There's No Me Without You," the trip through the emotional wringer is complete and Campbell's legacy as one of the giants of post-war American pop music is secure. (Surfdog)