Hold On Hope
Label: Surfdog Records
In 2011, Glen Campbell announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and would record one final album. At 75 years old, he sounds fantastic, his voice clear and emotive, with a touch of Arkansas twang still present. Producer Julian Raymond has done an outstanding job walking the fine line between nodding to Campbell's cosmopolitan glory days, and making the singer sound contemporary Jakob Dylan, Bob Pollard and Paul Westerberg contribute songs here, but the most provocative are those written by Campbell and Raymond. Highlights include the somber "A Better Place," the optimistic title track, the upbeat "In My Arms" and the mournful epic "There's No Me Without You."