Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Meet Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell not only sits in my iPod, he gets played all the time. I think his choice of materials during the late sixties was impeccable, and that voice is something to which I bow.

It didn't hurt that he could tear it up on guitar, or was a punkish bastard -- even if a reactionary one.

But that didn't mean I had to get excited about Capitol's "Cash" moment [in all senses of the word]. RIck Rubin isn't involved in his new record, and I don't think that Campbell is -- musically or philosophically -- digging down deep and wrestling with demons and age like Johnny Cash did. I don't care that Campbell is reunited with his giant label -- that's like being excited that you got tickets on the QE2; it might be an interesting aside, but it's no way to move around the world.

But this record is damned, damned fine. Classic Campbell.

"Sadly Beautiful" is a fave Westerberg composition, so he's hitting a mark that gets me inclined his way.

Mandolin all over his cheesy "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." Charming.

This "John Lennon" character wrote some heartfelt, unapologetically sentimental molasses in his time, and again -- it fits Mister Campbell to a "T"!

And any singer who brings in Robin Zander to do vocal work with him clearly has brass balls. . . .

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