No way was the country-pop megastar of “Rhinestone Cowboy” fame going to make a sparse fixin’-to-die record à la Johnny Cash. Billed as Glen Campbell’s farewell to music (the 75-year-old singer was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s), Ghost is baroquely arranged drama that echoes his string-swelled Seventies hits. Yet this biographical album, penned by Campbell and some unlikely contributors (including the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg), is introspective and often haunted. Campbell’s soaring tenor has gone a bit shaky with age, but the years have added an edge to his singing. Dude’s definitely not going out softly.
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