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By the time "The Chase" was released, Garth was firmly established as an artist. There was to be no question of his greatness, and certainly, no doubt of the success of this album. Perhaps in a need to maintain his momentum and his growth, or perhaps simply to continue to appeal to his massive and ever-growing audience, Garth released an album that seemed very calculated and, stylistically predictable.
"The Chase" is not a bad album at all...far from it, and by the standards of albums in release today, it is a great album. It contains all the elements of a marketable record and features some really great material. The problem is, Garth's early material was so strong, this album had impossibly large shoes to fill and, as a result, maybe fell a little short of the expectations of the audience it intended to reach.
"We Shall Be Free", the first track on the album, an edgy, powerful gospel-rock-ballad, is very well conceived, though it never received the attention it deserved. The song, which states that "we shall be free" when we dismiss prejudice and discrimination, is genuinely powerful, but it was also a little preachy, possibly turning off listeners whos opinions didn't match Garth's.
This album, like others also introduced us to a remake of several classic songs. "Dixie Chicken" was given a refreshing update, again blending the stylings of country with a blend of blues/gospel sound that make it poignant and enjoyable.Read more ›
"Face to Face" and "Nightrider's Lament" like the other tracks here show why Garth retained his loyal fans with "Chase." That said, it's true strength lies in potentially reaching beyond the pure-country enthusiasts and onto the CD Players of devoted pop lovers. As a stylist, this is Brooks' finest moment on disc, in that he bridges the very gap country music has been hoping to cross for a long time. As a songwriter, he shows depth and wisdom, and as the world's ambassador to country music, he reaches new heights. A definitive album, and a MUST HAVE for all serious lovers of pure pop.
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Wonderful Album and the CD was exactly like new. Thank you very much.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome stuff! A bit early in his career (I actually preferred _Fresh Horses_ as an album overall), but still really, really good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lady Bluehawk
I bought this in a bargain bin in 1996. The only cd I had of his was The Hits. But when this came out I like the song We Shall Be Free. Read morePublished 24 months ago by john thomas