Yeah, I said Glen Campbell, you got a problem with that? The next time I talk music it will be my summer music buying wrap up, but this little oddity snuck in during August, so I figured, better add it to my lost summer of music purchases.
The buzz about the new Glen Campbell is that it’s an album of covers. That’s part of the appeal. Of course, “Meet Glen Campbell” should not be compared to any of the Johnny Cash “American Recordings” albums; that would be sort of like comparing, I don’t know, something super bad ass, with something not quite so. The Cash covers were revelations, these covers, just can’t hold up to them.
That said, there is a lot to love about this CD. Campbell’s producer took a handful of songs that were originally small, intimate, and pared down, and handed them over to get the big, bold, 60’s/70’s Glen Campbell treatment. Many people are all a buzz over the cover of Green Day’s song “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”. Personally, I’m a freak in the fact that I have never been a fan of this song. Save it for high school dances, and teen television dramas, is what I say. Campbell didn’t manage to change my opinion. On the other hand, I also have never been too fond of the Travis song “Sing”, but in Campbell’s hands I find this to be my favorite track on the album. My other big favorite is his cover of Tom Petty’s “Walls”.
In my opinion, it’s time more people met Glen Campbell, and this is a pretty accessible way to do that.
“Sing”, this is a live performance and in my opinion not as good as the album version, but it will give you an idea as to what I’m talking about.