Brooks ends the wait
Monday, November 10, 2014
– The long wait for Garth Brooks music is over. For the first time in 13 years, Brooks released an album of new material, "Man Against Machine." Brooks' last studio album, "Scarecrow," came out 13 years ago. The new disc contains 14 songs, including the first single, "People Loving People." The disc covers a range of music, including more traditional country sounds. Mark Miller produced the disc. Brooks had a hand in writing three songs - the title track, "Rodeo and Juliet" and "She's Tired of Boys." Brooks tended to rely on tried-and-true writers, including Don Sampson, Wynn Varble, Dean Dillon, Adam Wright and Bob DePiero.
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If naming your release "Gunslinger," you'd better let it rip and go for a harder country sound, especially if donning a black cowboy hat on the cover. The reality does not exactly match that sentiment for Garth Brooks, but at times he comes mighty close.
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After releasing his debut album in 1989, Garth Brooks released music almost every year until he announced his retirement in 2000. Since then, he has released repackaged hit collections, new music on "Scarecrow" and "The Lost Sessions" and last year's cover song collection "Blame it All on My Roots." Over the years, there have been live recordings, concert and music video collections. The country songwriter became a pop culture icon, transcending genre to become ...
Garth Brooks is back with his first release of "new" material since 2001's "Scarecrow." (Truth in advertising, his "The Ultimate Hits," which actually is part of the new box set, included four new songs back in 2007). And it's quite an undertaking - four CDs of covers - Country Classics, Classic Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul and Melting Pot, an amalgam of country, rock, soul and folk; the two-CD set, "The Ultimate Set" and a DVD of his live performance in Vegas. ...