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CD Review: Glen Campbell

Ghost on the Canvas (Surfdog)

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There's more than just a hint of poignancy to Glen Campbell's latest album. The 75-year-old singer was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and Ghost on the Canvas is the final record of a career that stretches back more than 50 years. And he's going out strong, covering Jakob Dylan, Robert Pollard, and Paul Westerberg, and still sounding remarkably like he did when he sang the classic "Wichita Lineman" back in 1968. You can certainly read a lifetime of love and regret, as well as a sense of finality, in songs like "A Better Place" and the title tune, but Ghost on the Canvas isn't a total downer. Backed by Billy Corgan, the Dandy Warhols, and other top-shelf players, Campbell settles into songs of hope with a soaring awareness of a job well done. A fitting and lovely end. — Gallucci

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