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Sound Check

Sept 29 , 2011
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By Michael Swanger

Brandi Carlile

"Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony"

Sony Music Entertainment

Lest there be any doubt (not that there was) that Brandi Carlile is one of the most gifted singers of her generation, witness the power and emotion of her golden voice in a live concert setting as captured on her new album, "Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony." Recorded during two concerts last November in Carlile's hometown, "Live at Benaroya" finds Carlile demonstrating the full range of her distinct voice (demure to demonstrative) with the kind of easy delivery that would be the envy of most singers. Along with her tight road band and the tasteful augmentation of the Seattle Symphony, Carlile performs a vibrant collection of original material ("Turpentine," "Pride and Joy") and covers ("Sixty Years On," "Hallelujah") that she makes her own.

(Brandi Carlile performs Monday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Theater. $25 and $28.) CV

Glen Campbell

"Ghost On The Canvas"

Surfdog Inc.

Veteran country music singer Glen Campbell will always be remembered for his career-making hits like "Wichita Lineman," "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights," but he is sure to leave an indelible mark on old and new listeners alike with his new album, "Ghost On The Canvas." Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, has announced "Ghost On The Canvas" will be his last album. If so, it is as an emotional, yet fitting, coda to an extraordinary five-decade-plus career. Campbell's voice is in near-top form and exudes the kind of wisdom you'd expect from a 75-year-old man. More importantly, it harbors a great deal of hope on emotional ballads like "A Better Place," "Ghosts On The Canvas" and the fitting finale, "There's No Me... Without You." Brief, healing instrumentals also dot the album's landscape as do contributions by Dick Dale, Brian Setzer and Billy Corgan. CV

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