|Glen Campbell, “Adios” (Universal Music Enterprises)|
There’s no way to hear Glen Campbell’s farewell album, “Adios,” except through the prism of his rapid descent into Alzheimer’s.
It’s syrupy, laced with over-the-top emotion and full of can’t-miss references to the challenges posed by Campbell’s long, slow decline. And yet there is still the clear, familiar voice that touched so many in his long-running television variety show and on a string of albums that helped move country music into mainstream American culture.
Campbell’s wife, Kim Campbell, says the new album gave her husband, now 81, a chance to say goodbye. How much say-so he had in that decision is unknown. But once Campbell’s devoted fans get past the uneasiness of wondering whether he’s being exploited, they’ll find comfort in the voice they know and love.
The album, a collection of covers and songs Campbell cherished, includes collaborations with Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Vince Gill. And no, it doesn’t shy away from over-the-top sentimentality.
On “Postcards from Paris,” for example, Campbell is joined by sons Cal and Shannon and daughter Ashley for the money line, “I wish you were here.” The double-meaning reference to his illness can’t be missed.
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, “Lindsay Buckingham, Christine McVie” (Atlantic)
The first duet album from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie is nearly Fleetwood Mac, with only Stevie Nicks missing from the band’s classic lineup.
Its development began even before McVie rejoined the band after 16 years for the 2014-2015 “On With the Show” tour, when Buckingham recorded several songs with the Mac rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, who also contribute to the finished album.
More layers were added when Buckingham worked on snippets of chords, lyrics and melodies he was sent by McVie and a couple of their writing collaborations — the vocals-soaked pop of “Red Sun” and “Too Far Gone,” with a Knopfler-esque, bluesy guitar riff and pounding drums — are among the highlights of the self-titled album. (AP)
By Scott Strout