Ropin the Wind by Garth Brooks (2000) - Original recording reissued Original recording reissued
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Garth Brooks is mainly famous for his ballads, and the best ones here include 'What She's doing Now', 'Lonesome Dove' and 'The River'.
For me though, the best songs on this album are the humorous, honky-tonk numbers - 'Papa Loved Mama' and 'We Bury The Hatchet'. Whereas for the ballads I need to be in a certain mood to listen to them, I can put on those two songs any time of the day and they'll always make me laugh, it's exactly how I picture country music to be. In fact, whenever my friends who don't like country music come round, I'll always play them those two songs. Their response is always the same - "What's so good about it, ALL country music sounds like that!" or "Yeah, yeah, I've heard all that Hillbilly crap before" I think the key to liking those songs is not to take them too seriously. Other good songs apart from the ballads and jokers are 'Rodeo' and 'Shameless'.
Overall, a fantastic album and probably my favourite non-rock album of all time. Even if you don't like country music you'll probably like this, and that's the key to Garth Brooks' success.
"Ropin the Wind" is virtually a collection of greatest hits for Garth. Of the ten tracks on the CD, no less than five went on to become top 10 hits, many of which going straight to the top.
The album redefined Garth's style and firmly established the rock/country hybrid style that made Garth popular in multiple music markets. Where his first two CD's were more traditional in their sound, this CD really crossed over into rock, while at the same time maintaining the rich sounds of country music. Even Garth, who had recorded the work of other country artists in the past, turned to friend Billy Joel ("The Piano Man") to help pen "Shameless", arguably one of the strongest songs on the album.
Though thematically, the lyrics of his songs remained faithful to the ideas and themes found in country music, his styling definitely was more edgy, riding the line between country and classic rock. "Rodeo", a song about a man who is torn between the love of his woman and his passion for the rodeo is driving, with a very rhythmic feel. It plays at once like an up-tempo country song and a soulful blues/rock ballad.Read more ›
Garth pulled five hits from "Ropin' the Wind," starting with the ramped up "Rodeo." The single did fairly well, peaking at #3 on the country chart, although it ended Garth's string of five #1 songs. Up next was the pop-rock `Shameless" - a remake of a Billy Joel song from "Storm Front." The song hit #1 for two weeks and became a fan favorite at Garth's concerts. The third single was the biggest - the rich and smooth ballad "What She's Doing Now" (#1 for 3 weeks). Garth's voice has never sounded better than it does here. The most countrified song was released next: the playful "Papa Loved Mama" (#3). It was one of my favorites at the time, although it sounds a bit forced now.
The final single was "The River" (#1 for 1 week). The song perfectly encapsulated Garth's gradual turn from traditional country to the more adult contemporary sound in which he would subsequently specialize. The song would fit nicely on any James Taylor CD, or maybe even something by Dan Fogelberg. It's not a bad song, but it's rather tame and feels like 80s pop. Although the CD is glossier than his prior releases, it's top-notch all the way - it WAS country music at the time. I have all of Garth's CDs; "Ropin' the Wind" is his last CD with a more a more traditional country feel and not coincidentally also his last release that really enthralled me.
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ALL OF HIS MUSIC IS GREAT BUT FOR ME THIS IS ONE OF HIS BEST ALBUMSPublished 1 month ago by BRAD SNYDER
Great CD to add to my Country collection. Order came quickly with no damage.Published 4 months ago by Sightless Traveler
Can you leave a bad review for Garth Brooks?! Bought the CD because I couldn't find lonesome dove anywhere!Published 5 months ago by Kyle Hirsch