Glen Camp­bell

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Adios (Uni­ver­sal) ★★★★ When it comes to be­ing cool, Glen Camp­bell never really rated: he was al­ways a bit too corny, a bit too, well, straight. It’s a shame, be­cause there was al­ways much more to him than met the eye. The son of an Arkansas share­crop­per, Camp­bell – who died re­cently – was a stun­ning singer and eye­wa­ter­ing gui­tarist, and one of Amer­i­can mu­sic’s great­est tal­ents. Some may find the con­cept of Adios some­what dis­taste­ful – was it really grace­ful to ad­ver­tise some­one’s im­pend­ing demise quite so ob­vi­ously? – but it serves as a fine fi­nale to one of mu­sic’s great ca­reers. As an al­bum, it sounds like an up­dated ver­sion of Camp­bell’s 60s/70s clas­sics – warm, some­times silly, and, above all, classy. Kick­ing off with a bouncy ren­di­tion of Every­body’s Talkin’, it cov­ers fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory, right down to the un­even Jimmy Webb con­tri­bu­tions (It Won’t Bring Her Back is great; Post­card From Paris... not so much). His voice soars as pow­er­fully as ever. In the end, it’s a gen­tle re­minder of just how great Camp­bell al­ways was. Adios, in­deed. - Jack Bar­low

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