Garth Brooks - Ropin' The Wind
Original Release Date: 1991
Audio CD: November 21, 2000
Format: Original recording reissued
Bitrate: 320 kbps
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One artist...one decade...one hundred million albums sold! Garth Brooks remains the biggest Country artist of all-time. He harnessed the Country and Pop influences of has past and created a new kind of Country that appealed to different generations of fans and crossed over into the Pop market like no other artist before him. Garth Brooks changed the rules based on his talent alone. He became a worldwide superstar while remaining true to his humble roots, which added to his appeal. This is his 1991 album and features 'Against The Grain', 'Rodeo' and 'Burning Bridges' ~ Pearl.
It might seem strange having a British person writing a review of a country music album, but I think this is a truly brilliant album. I cannot fault any of the tracks. I've heard people say that Garth Brooks isn't real country, well I wouldn't know about that as we hardly ever hear country music in England! Whether it's country or not, it's still good music, and that's all that matters to me. Garth Brooks is mainly famous for his ballads, and the best ones here include 'What She's doing Now', 'Lonesome Dove' and 'The River'.
For me though, the best songs on this album are the humorous, honky-tonk numbers - 'Papa Loved Mama' and 'We Bury The Hatchet'. Whereas for the ballads I need to be in a certain mood to listen to them, I can put on those two songs any time of the day and they'll always make me laugh, it's exactly how I picture country music to be. In fact, whenever my friends who don't like country music come round, I'll always play them those two songs. Their response is always the same - "What's so good about it, ALL country music sounds like that!" or "Yeah, yeah, I've heard all that Hillbilly crap before" I think the key to liking those songs is not to take them too seriously. Other good songs apart from the ballads and jokers are 'Rodeo' and 'Shameless'.
Overall, a fantastic album and probably my favourite non-rock album of all time. Even if you don't like country music you'll probably like this, and that's the key to Garth Brooks' success. ~ Mr MC Shackley
"Ropin' the Wind" was Garth Brook's third record, after "Garth Brooks" and "No Fences" made him a superstar. The album debuted on the pop charts at #1: the first time for a country artist. It would go on to sell a staggering 14 million copies in the U.S. alone - only 25 records have ever sold more, including Garth's own "No Fences" ( 16 million ) and "Double Live" ( 15 million ).
Garth pulled five hits from "Ropin' the Wind," starting with the ramped up "Rodeo." The single did fairly well, peaking at #3 on the country chart, although it ended Garth's string of five #1 songs. Up next was the pop-rock `Shameless" - a remake of a Billy Joel song from "Storm Front." The song hit #1 for two weeks and became a fan favorite at Garth's concerts. The third single was the biggest - the rich and smooth ballad "What She's Doing Now" ( #1 for 3 weeks ). Garth's voice has never sounded better than it does here. The most countrified song was released next: the playful "Papa Loved Mama" ( #3 ). It was one of my favorites at the time, although it sounds a bit forced now.
The final single was "The River" ( #1 for 1 week ). The song perfectly encapsulated Garth's gradual turn from traditional country to the more adult contemporary sound in which he would subsequently specialize. The song would fit nicely on any James Taylor CD, or maybe even something by Dan Fogelberg. It's not a bad song, but it's rather tame and feels like 80s pop. Although the CD is glossier than his prior releases, it's top-notch all the way - it WAS country music at the time. I have all of Garth's CDs; "Ropin' the Wind" is his last CD with a more a more traditional country feel and not coincidentally also his last release that really enthralled me. ~ Westley
Garth Brooks - Ropin' The Wind tracks:
01 Against the Grain
03 What She's Doing Now
04 Burning Bridges
05 Which One of Them
06 Papa Loved Mama
08 Cold Shoulder
09 We Bury the Hatchet
10 In Lonesome Dove