• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2014
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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
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  1. Nov 11, 2014
    10
    You'll find everything you want with Garth on this album: drive, heart, and a little bit of swagger. Perhaps it was hearing about all his influences via his Vegas show that made this album more enjoyable for me. Either way, after a few listens I definitely put it ahead of Sevens and Scarecrow. Can't wait to hear this stuff in an arena.
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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Dec 17, 2014
    70
    Brooks doesn't try to do anything differently; he just picks up where he left off and the time away has only made it clearer how he's different from all that came before and all that came since.
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    70
    Brooks doesn't do half measures, as evident on the title track, screeching guitar-rock in which he rails against technology by referencing folklore hero John Henry, who died in a steam drill competition against a machine. But it's the dramatic tunes about love gone bad that stand out.
  3. Nov 12, 2014
    50
    Instead of building on Brooks’ strengths, Man Against Machine is firmly rooted in midair.