In the two years since Campbell revealed he was suffering from Alzheimer’s he’s undertaken a lengthy farewell tour, released the reflective and heartbreaking Ghost On The Canvas, and now this second, presumably final, album. Realistically, he may be facing the dark oblivion of a vicious illness, but has, to all intents and purposes, had the unusual opportunity to soundtrack his own decline.
Recorded during sessions for Ghost…, See You There isn’t such a pronounced study of mortality as that album, and is more geared towards revisiting past triumphs. New versions of Wichita Lineman and Gentle On My Mind are sparser than the originals, if no less affecting, but pale in comparison to the impossibly tender reading of By The Time I Get To Phoenix.
Campbell’s faith has never been far from his music, and is brought into sharp focus here on the soft strum of Waiting On The Coming Of My Lord. Similarly, it’s hard not to be reminded of his failing health on Rhinestone Cowboy when he sings “I’m gonna be where the lights are shining on me”. Here’s hoping he’s right.