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Posted June 15, 2012
Whether encountering Glen Campbell's music through this CD for the first time, or arriving as an already devoted fan, any music lover should add this album (produced by Julian Raymond) to their collection. Glen Campbell's voice is as rich, beautiful, and crystalline as ever, though now layered with the depth of time and lived experience. This album again showcases the way Campbell is not solely a country singer, but more of a poet-troubadour, choosing songs for their beauty, appeal and emption more than their genre. He remains a masterful guitarist, now enhanced by his children as his backup musicians. The album begins with a celebratory tone, with songs like "Sing" (by Frances Healy) and "Walls" (by Tom Petty). Favorites of mine are "Times Like These" (by David Grohl) and "These Days" (by Jackson Browne), which evoke a melancholy beauty (both already made Campbell's 2009 Greatest Hits Album--testament to their place in his repetoire). They sound like they were made for him to sing. "Sadly, Beautiful" (by Paul Westerberg) continues that feeling, complementing Campbell's next album "Ghost on the Canvas". Listen to the two albums together! The bonus tracks give the listener more Glen Campbell to listen to (remixes of young Glen, plus more recent sessions), and who doesn't want that?! "Meeting Glen Campbell" stands alone as an excellent album with unexpected surprises, and should be listened to as a vital representative of Campbell's legacy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.