"Adiós" is the 64th and final studio album by American singer-songwriter Glen Campbell. Recorded in Nashville between 2012 and 2013, the album was released on June 9, 2017 through Universal Music.
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Campbell embarked on a 2011–12 Farewell Tour. After finishing the tour, he entered the studio in Nashville to record a final album. According to his wife, Kim Campbell, he wanted to preserve "what magic was left", in what would be his final recordings.
Featuring twelve cover songs Campbell had long loved but never recorded, the album was made with the help of producer and longtime collaborator Carl Jackson. Singers Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Campbell's children Ashley, Shannon and Cal also make guest appearances.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 70, based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Campbell’s illness looms large over Adiós, and weaving tragedy into lyrics like “I gotta go now/ I guess I’ll see you around” or the double meaning loaded into the question “Have I lost your love, or have I lost my mind?” In fact, nearly every song has at least one heartstring-tugging allusion to departure or mortality, and for the most part, those lines work. Campbell delivers them with the kind of class and grace that characterized much of his career.
But none hits harder than “Arkansas Farmboy,” a Campbell biography in song by Adiós producer and longtime collaborator Carl Jackson. When Jackson wrote “The weeds have grown high on the farm down in Dixie/where cotton and corn used to grow” more than 30 years ago, no doubt the farm represented Campbell’s hardscrabble childhood. Today, though, it’s hard not to imagine the farm as Campbell himself. And when he sings of the “five dollar guitar/that led to a fortune/I’d trade just to go back in time,” it’s even harder not to wish that he could. Reviewed by pastemagazine.com User Comments