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Glen Campbell – Meet Glen Campbell

Not for Glen Campbell the “Rubin route” – the stripped down presentation in old age of core values, as favoured by Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. Instead, at 72, Campbell has kept faith with the gilded lilies that have served him well throughout his career: sumptuous countrified settings, atop which his vocal effortlessly rides, a sheriff-like upholder of the song’s order.

Interestingly, unruly rock music – Travis, Velvets, Tom Petty, Lennon – provides the material here. But the listenable authority of Campbell’s voice, especially on Foo Fighters’ “Days Like These”, confers the poise you suspect Richard Ashcroft was looking for while solo, but never found.

JOHN ROBINSON

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