Garth Brooks - Scarecrow
Original Release Date: November 13, 2001
Audio CD: November 13, 2001
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Nearly a decade ago, Garth Brooks's ability to incorporate '70s pop material and arena rock into his act made history ( and controversy ) as he propelled country to its pinnacle of success. One fact remains in 2001. When he simply rears back and sings ( in the spirit of longtime pal Chris LeDoux ), the results are often fresh and natural. That's the case on the Beatle-esque "Wrapped Up in You," "Thicker Than Blood," and the trite but catchy blue-collar bopper "Big Money." Alas, that slicker, more calculated material is never far away. Awash in melodrama, "The Storm" ( a bathos-ridden variant on "The Thunder Rolls" ), "Mr. Midnight," and "Pushing Up Daisies" each run four-plus minutes and seem longer. The hyperactive bluegrass romp "Don't Cross the River" seems less homage than a nod to the successful O Brother soundtrack. While duets with George Jones and Trisha Yearwood have merit, one wonders who really needs who. All this might have been cutting edge in 1992. Now it simply seems long in the tooth. ~ Rich Kienzle
There's always some disappointment after anticipation for somebody like Garth to come back after a long hiatus. Seems like the return never is quite up to the best of the former work. But in Garth's case, this one is good enough with some notable tracks. I know that whichever ones I point to, there'll be those who disagree, but the point is that there is something here for just about everybody. "Pushing Up Daisies" satisfies the Irish in me, and indeed would fit in on the jukebox of an Irish pub.
And the bluegrass which really isn't that much of a distance from the Irish is evident in "Don't Cross The River". It fits in well with the newborn popularity of the very roots of country.
There's a little drama of it's own in "The Storm". No, I do agree that it's dissimilar from "The Thunder Rolls", but it's still a good song on it's own.
George and Garth have fun enough on "Beer Run" to share with all. And the other duet, "Squeeze Me In" with Trisha, rounds out the set.
The others are good enough, but the above are the ones I find distinctive, the ones that make this CD worth having for me. ~ Neal C. Reynolds
Garth Brooks - Scarecrow tracks:
01 Why Ain't I Running
02 Beer Run ( duet with George Jones )
03 Wrapped Up In You
04 The Storm
05 Thicker Than Blood
06 Big Money
07 Squeeze Me In ( duet with Trisha Yearwood )
09 Pushing Up Daises
10 Rodeo Or Mexico
11 Don't Cross The River
12 When You Come Back To Me Again