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Album Reviews — Ailing Glen Campbell strips greatest hits bare

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Updated: August 30, 2013 5:02PM

“See You There,”
Glen Campbell

The ailing singer’s pitch-perfect vocals were recorded during his last (and final) studio session; musical arrangements were added later. Campbell’s hits are stripped bare and reinterpreted, resulting in a stunning, haunting farewell. —Miriam Di Nunzio“Songs From St. Somewhere,” Jimmy Buffett

The best performance comes in Buffett’s sparse and sincere cover of the Jesse Winchester ballad “I Wave Bye-Bye.” But you’d have to be pretty drunk to enjoy the Toby Keith duet “Too Drunk to Karaoke,” anchored by cloying guitar riffs. —Dave Hoekstra

“Right Thoughts ...,” Franz Ferdinand

The Glasgow band strayed into more elaborate dance music on its last album, but on this one, the stylish and crisp confectionary of songs like “Evil Eye” and “Right Action” once again presents a singular sound of less equals more. —Mark Guarino

“Age Against the Machine,” Goodie Mob

Fourteen years after their last album, CeeLo Green and friends reunite, with their ferocity and grooviness intact. Their playful but purposeful invention makes you laugh, think and wince, but you’ll walk away exhilarated.
—Elysa Gardner, Gannett

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