Scarecrow - Garth Brooks
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  • Summary: Working again with longtime producer Allen Reynolds, Brooks' first country-pop album in four years includes duets with George Jones and Trisha Yearwood. If Brooks' claims are to be believed, this will also be his farewell album.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. His strongest album since he delved into unabashed crossover with Fresh Horses.
  2. As a final statement from one of the most important artists of the last decade, it's not exactly earth-shattering. But this eclectic, personal and heartfelt Scarecrow is still outstanding in its field.
  3. 80
    Scarecrow is a fine album, one that can be placed favorably next to Brooks' career milestones No Fences and Ropin' the Wind.
  4. Scarecrow's sense of defeat actually makes it a better record. [Jan 2002, p.96]
  5. Country's biggest commodity takes the easy way out with a meticulously picked and produced batch of tunes (see: safe) that would be impossible to screw up.
  6. While the rhythm numbers settle into an amiable groove, the singer occasionally sinks under the gravity of pensive ballads that seldom rise above melodrama. [7 Dec 2001, p.105]
  7. As if hell-bent on rewarding brand loyalty, however, Brooks does himself in by recycling his typical subjects.

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