the Buzz for February 8th, 2009



Blessedly, this week is markedly different than the wallet-buster that kicked off this month in high style. (Good thing, too, because I find myself so hopelessly enchanted by The Fray’s riveting new disc — my early favorite song from which is track number five, the gloriously wrenching “Never Say Never” — that I haven’t had a chance to listen to anything else that dropped last week.) Take this breather as a chance to play catch-up, because that’s certainly what the Buzz is gonna be doin’.

(Incidentally, believe it or not, this marks the Buzz’s 200th (!) post. Many, many thanks to all of you who continue to allow this silliness into your daily lives. If you have as much fun reading these musings as I do writing them, we’re all having a gay old time. So to speak.)


On a high following last summer’s surprising and triumphant comeback, legendary country crooner Glen Campbell reminds his fans of the good ol’ days this week with yet another best-of set. Titled simply Greatest Hits, the record includes pretty much all of Campbell’s best-remembered classics — from “Wichita Lineman” to “Galveston” to “Southern Nights” to even “Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)” — and all of them are newly (and crisply) remastered. (Misleadingly, they’re called “remixes” here, but don’t be fooled: the songs have just been cleaned up.) Also tossed in for good measure are a pair of tracks — “Times Like These” (a Foo Fighters cover) and “These Days” (a Jackson Browne chestnut) from last summer’s Meet Glen Campbell, the man’s most successful album in three decades. And if you’re looking for some one-stop Glen shopping, the Buzz proclaims you could do far worse than this.