Ghost On the Canvas by Glen Campbell
Starting in the late 1960s, when raucous rock and long hair ruled youth culture, Glen Campbell brought a conservative country-boy sensibility to popular music and enjoyed a virtually all-ages appeal in the process.
His new album—purportedly the Alzheimer’s-stricken musician’s final studio effort—offers an appeal every bit as broad as his best-known work. Glen, who co-wrote the lion’s share of the album, is personal and transparent on affirming offerings that address his life’s journey both past and present, while the varied slate of guest musicians and songwriters from the rock/pop world confirms his remarkably far-reaching influence.
The music here intermittently evokes Glen’s signature hits in an inspired overview style, and the occasional spots where his full, rich voice falters only add to the poignancy surrounding this last glimpse of new material.
Ghost on the Canvas is a lovingly produced nod to the musician and his music that summarizes the multiple dimensions of Campbell’s remarkable genre-crossing career and, best of all, allows the honoree to help do the honors.