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Unlike his usual Country style, the Chris Gaines album shows Garth Brooks displaying another side to his musical personality, his 'rocker' side. Influences like Billy Joel, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan all come across in a big way here. Soulful ballads such as the hit 'Lost In You' and the emotional-driven "Driftin' Away" show off a more tender side to Brooks' singing voice (without the Country twang). There's even a slight hint of 'social awareness' in the song "Right Now" which includes the chorus of the '60s hippie anthem "Let's Get Together". Heavier tracks such as the funky "Snow In July" the Wallflowers-esque "Unsigned Letter, "White Flag" and the Fleetwood Mac-inspired "digging for Gold" show Brooks fully rocking out like he's never done before and he does a great job of it too. Not to be outdone, the ballad ?It Don?t Matter To The Sun? is a definitive Garth song which shows more of the style that he is known for.
It's unfortunate that people didn't seem to get it when Garth Brooks released this album.Read more ›
The songwriting team of Wayne Kirkpatrick, Gordon Kennedy and Tommy Sims (which won a Grammy for the Eric Clapton hit, "Change the World") also provided most of the studio work and background vocals. And one of the key producers was Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. This was not a half-effort, but instead was a genuine attempt on Brooks' behalf to do something new and unusual. Perhaps his greatest miscalculation was thinking that music fans -- including his most loyal -- would accept something so radically different. Rather, people have lashed out at him for this project as though he betrayed them, to the extent that the accompanying movie project (in which Garth would NOT have starred) has been shelved, if not scrapped.
For all of its flaws, "In the Life of Chris Gaines" is a grossly underrated album which deserves a listen on its own merits, of which there are many.
The best song on the album is "Drifting Away", a ballad about a man in love who cannot committ. The "skip over" song is the one released as a single, "Right Now", a rap attempt with the chorus of the 60's song "Everybody Get Together, Try To Love One Another Right Now". Forget it's Garth singing, forget Garth is country. and don't read the liner notes (which makes it sound like a "concept album") and enjoy it for what it is - good music. This album should be in an "adult comtemporary" or "vocals" category, not country. Give this CD some respect!
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It is AWESOME. I already had this CD but lost when Katrina hit and wanted to replace.....Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've loved this album since it came out....my cd was scratched and well listened to. Glad I could replace it! His best album. If you love old Elton John you'll love this one.Published 4 months ago by J. Sanders
Big Garth fan but this CD SUCKED!!!!!!
I have no clue what the people that gave this good reviews were thinking. Its not even Rock, its POP. Read more
I bought this because I used to watch my baby nephew and he just loved the first two songs on this album. I like the whole album I think Garth Brooks did a great job.Published 9 months ago by Kathryn J. Alexander
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I love Garth Brooks! I even liked this CD as his alter-ego. I think that why this is hated is because no one understood it. This was supposed to be the soundtrack to a movie. It came out before the movie came out, nad the movie ended up running out of money and failed, leaving this out and... Read More
Nov 22, 2007 by Kari | See all 3 posts
|Garth Brooks = Chris Gaines Album is Great, people hate too much....||
I love this album. It's some of Garth's best work!!!!!
Jan 18, 2015 by Lpen | See all 2 posts