Scarecrow - Garth Brooks

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

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

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