• Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. If this is indeed a swan song for Brooks, it's like calling it a career with a championship-winning shot at the buzzer.
  2. 80
    Scarecrow is a fine album, one that can be placed favorably next to Brooks' career milestones No Fences and Ropin' the Wind.
  3. His strongest album since he delved into unabashed crossover with Fresh Horses.
  4. Scarecrow's sense of defeat actually makes it a better record. [Jan 2002, p.96]
  5. 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.
  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. 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.
  8. As if hell-bent on rewarding brand loyalty, however, Brooks does himself in by recycling his typical subjects.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. PatH
    Feb 12, 2007
    WE miss you, Gartrh, but this is an excellent note to leave on. This album stands up strong next to No Fences!
  2. DanielleA.
    Aug 20, 2002
    I love Garth Brooks and its not right for this to be his even alleged last album. Great CD!!
  3. MikeK.
    Nov 22, 2001
    Great Album. Great mix of ballads and upbeat songs. Beer Run is something special. Great CD, hope it isn't his last.