Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Glen Campbell - Adiós, album review

Welcome Familiarity

Recorded in 2011 and 2012, during and after, I think, his final tour after the announcement of his diagnosis of Alzheimers, these covers of favourite songs are stamped with the authority of Campbell's distinctive vocal honey. The ubiquitous support of Willie Nelson provides country divergence on Funny How Time Slips Away, but by and large these are popular ballads that foreground Campbell at his nostalgic best, these recordings showing him in the sweetest of singing zones. It is comfortable and soothing in the nothing-new of their welcome familiarity. With further help from family and friends, including Vince Gill, there are some pretty harmonies adding to the emotive overall tone when recognising the reality of this adios.

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