"Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle
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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.)
"Ghost On The Canvas"
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.