Country legend Glen Campbell, 75, recently announced that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that his new album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” will be his last. “Canvas” functions as both a career
summation and a sequel to his ’08 album, “Meet Glen Campbell,” with producer Julian Raymond again serving as the Rick Rubin to Campbell’s Johnny Cash.
Its tracks, relentless heartstring-tuggers all, tend toward either gentle, early ’60s-style countrypolitan or slender country-folk. Campbell is in near-top vocal form, though he’s often let down by an impressive roster of collaborators that includes Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, Billy Corgan and Guided by Voices’ Bob Pollard (who contributes to the simple, pretty, un-Pollard-esque “Hold on Hope”), all united to wrest every last drop of sentiment from a set of songs that would have been melancholy enough without their efforts