Garth Brooks is back with a new album after being away from recording new music for more than a decade. I’ve listened to all 14 songs on the Man Against Machine album several times and thought I’d share a few of my thoughts with you.
Garth Brooks picked right back up where he left off… and I mean right where he left off. It’s up to the listener to decide if that’s a good thing or not.
If you’re an old-school Garth fan, the kind who could pull out one of his earlier albums and sing right along, you’ll no doubt really enjoy this album. It feels and sounds very similar to his previous albums.
On the other hand… if you were hoping for a country sound like Luke Bryan or Blake Shelton you’ll be a little disappointed.
The most notable tracks to me are:
#3 – Cold Like That… It’s got an angry vibe and lyrics that we’ve all probably thought in our own minds a time or two.
#5 – Mom… A tug at the heartstrings kind of song that you’ve probably seen the YouTube video of Garth singing it on Good Morning America. If not, it’s worth a watch.
#6 – Wrong About You… A bouncy kind of song that really isn’t country. Reminds me of James Taylor or Billy Joel. Two of Garth’s musical influences. This is one of my favorite songs on the album.
#7 – Rodeo and Juliet… This one is all country. So much so that it reminds me of the late, great Chris LeDoux. I could hear Chris singing this one. If he was still around I bet Garth would have done it as a duet with him.
#10 – People Loving People… This is the first song he put out as a single. I’ve written about it previously here.
#12 – Fish… I like the message in this song. You may recognize the the story it’s based off of. I remember reading the story on a sign hanging in one of our local Jimmy John’s.
This album won’t lose Garth any fans but I’m not really sure it will gain him any new ones. That said, I’m a Garth fan and I enjoy it.
Have you heard the album? What are thoughts? What’s your favorite song on it?