Glen Campbell

Show Me Your Way

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Released in 1991, Show Me Your Way is a contemporary Christian album, and it bears many of the hallmarks of the genre of that time: crystal-clear production, an over-reliance on synthesizers, arrangements that are at once Spartan and bombastic, particularly when the choirs come in for color. It's the production that weighs this down, making all ten songs sound a little too similar, making them all blend together, and that's too bad, because if it's taken as individual moments, there are some good tracks here. Those that are of most interest to long-term Glen Campbell fans are the two Jimmy Webb songs, "Where I Am Going" and "The Four Horsemen," both good compositions whose idiosyncrasies seem a little out of place among the very straightforward material on the rest of the record. Not that this straightforward material is necessarily bad -- in fact, Geoff Thurman and Jamie Page's "The Wayward Son" is the best thing here, since the tune and the production are in harmony with each other; Steve Hardin's "A Few Good Man" is a cut below, but its minor-key bounciness is appealing -- but it does tend to be a little colorless, something that unfortunately is highlighted by the bland production. As a CCM album, it winds up being perfectly serviceable, but it's hardly among Campbell's best, even within this genre.

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