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Album Review: Garth Brooks – Man Against Machine

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?

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To All Veterans: Thank You!

As I drove home in silence tonight trying to decide what to write for Veterans Day the words just didn’t seem to come.

What did play in my mind were several songs.  I thought I’d share some of them with you here as a way to say thank you all Veterans.

Give them a listen and then let me know which songs you would have included too.

To start the list is the National Anthem.  Martina McBride shines in this version.

Trace Adkins sings from a soldier’s perspective in “Arlington”.

John Michael Montgomery’s “Letters From Home” is another good one.  The third verse always gives me a lump in my throat.

I like “Riding With Private Malone” by David Ball because I could picture the video in my mind before I ever saw it.

No list of songs for Veterans Day would be complete without “American Soldier” from Toby Keith.

“Some Gave All” is my favorite tune by Billy Ray Cyrus.

Toby Keith gets two songs in this list.  Here’s “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”.

Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” is a classic.

Here’s Aaron Tippin’s “Where The Stars And Stripes”.

This is a great song and live performance by Tim Mc Graw singing “If You’re Reading This”.

Thank you to all Veterans!  We appreciate your service and salute you today and every day!

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A Dad’s Album Review – Taylor Swift’s 1989

To say my girls are Taylor Swift fans would be a massive understatement.  They know the words to all her songs, have her t-shirts and perfumes, and follow all things Taylor online.

I’m OK with that.  So far Taylor Swift has proven to be an excellent role model for young women.  She’s a terrific song writer who writes from the heart.  She’s an incredible businesswoman.  She also has a way of really connecting with her fans.

Taylor Swift with Sparkly Guitar

We’ve been fortunate to meet her a couple of times and she was very welcoming and genuine!

Taylor Swift On Lift

My oldest daughter had been counting down the day’s until the release of Taylor’s new album 1989 hit stores and online retailers. She had done her research and wanted to spend money she had earned on the deluxe edition from Target as it had a few extra tracks on it.

In an effort to be a good Dad I went and picked it up on release day for her.  I emailed her a pic of the album so she’d know what she had to look forward to when I got home.

Taylor Swift 1989

When she finally had it in her hands she wasted no time getting it ripped into her iPad and MacBook.  She’s had it on a continuous loop ever since and says it’s, “AWESOME”!

Not feeling too worried about the content of the album but still wanting to know what my daughters would be listening to nonstop for the next several months… I felt it was my duty to listen to the album in it’s entirety today.

I was correct in not worrying about the content.  It is an album that basically tells the story of a young woman growing up, breaking out on her own, loving, losing, hurting, and living under intense scrutiny.

There’s not a song on it that I wouldn’t want my daughters to listen to.

My favorites on the album would be Shake It Off, Welcome To New York, and Bad Blood.

There’s a lot of bass and beats which is too be expected as Taylor had previously said it would be her first pop album.  I caught myself toe tapping a few times.

My overall review?  I prefer country and enjoy Taylor Swift’s previous albums a little better.  That said, it is good and I wouldn’t make my daughters turn it off if they were listening to it in the car.

Have you heard the album yet?  What’s your favorite song on it? What’s your all-time favorite Taylor Swift song?

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