Ghost on the Canvas


Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Sep 20, 2011
    Musicians do not always the same luxury of planning their end strategy as television writers, but Campbell and company do, and they make the most out of it.
  2. Sep 15, 2011
    Lavish with sentimental tunes befitting his patented countrypolitan appeal and troubled past, its songwriters, including Jakob Dylan ("Nothing but the Whole Wide World"), Paul Westerberg, and Robert Pollard, rise to the occasion of Campbell's final class act.
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    Ghost on the Canvas is a lovingly produced nod to the musician and his music that summarizes the multiple dimensions of Campbell's remarkable genre-crossing career and, best of all, allows the honoree to help do the honors.
  4. Sep 12, 2011
    Campbell is at the top of his game even at closing time. If there's no more to come then this is as good a spot as any to ring down the curtain.
  5. 80
    The air is predictably valedictory, freighted with reflections on love, faith and intimations of mortality. 'Don't go to any trouble/You know I won't be here long . . . ' he sings in Westerberg's Any Trouble - in a voice as strong and clear as a bell.
  6. Aug 31, 2011
    Ghost is nowhere near his best, most consistent, or most durable album, but that's ultimately not even the right way to measure its modest accomplishment. Instead, it's a surprisingly upbeat retirement album, one that never stoops to self-pity and very modestly reminds you of past triumphs.
  7. Aug 30, 2011
    While Campbell always sounds dignified on Canvas, the weight of his circumstances threatens to crowd out the actual music in the early going.
  8. Aug 30, 2011
    The handsome arrangements only emphasize the vulnerability of Campbell's vocals, which flirt with a sense of exploitation that's difficult to shake while listening to this undeniably moving album.
  9. 80
    With the right material, this man as an artist has few flaws. Ghost on the Canvas allows Campbell one more chance to prove that again.
  10. Aug 30, 2011
    Perhaps Ghost on the Canvas doesn't revisit every high in Campbell's history, but it pays honor to his legacy and feels like an appropriate and subtly moving farewell.
  11. Aug 30, 2011
    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.
  12. Aug 29, 2011
    It's not a perfect album, but it's honest and ambitious, and it allows Campbell to end his career both on his own terms and on a real high note.
  13. Aug 29, 2011
    An impressive array of musicians - Chris Isaak, Brian Setzer, Billy Corgan, Dick Dale - help make it a fitting tribute to Campbell's accomplishments.
  14. Aug 26, 2011
    You wouldn't expect soul from a Glen Campbell record, but it takes many forms. A veteran who needs help to express his memories of a life less ordinary, but ironically sounds on the top of his game, is clearly one of them.
  15. 70
    You don't have to be a fan of country music to enjoy this record. In the end, Campbell has a deft ear for pop music, and this album is a perfect example of that.
  16. Q Magazine
    Sep 21, 2011
    All the things he once did well, he's still doing here. [Oct 2011, p.112]
  17. Uncut
    Aug 26, 2011
    It's a delicate balance, but the obvious sincerity of Campbell's performance overcomes any qualms about what could be an exploitative concept. [Sep 2011, p.90]
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