What if you were Garth Brooks? What if you had enough money for your "children's children's children" to live comfortably (as Garth put it himself a few years back)? You could dare to make an album that would be a risk. If it didn't sell well, so be it. But this one will.... I know country fans are scared, but if they will listen with an open mind, they will be pleasantly surprised. The songs/tunes/arrangements represent a lot of what is wonderful about music in general. And there is enough diversity to keep you from hitting the 'skip' button. I liked Garth before. I love this album.
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In... The Life of Chris Gainesis a way for Garth Brooks to indulge his rock-star fantasies without directly putting his country credibility on the line. This fictional greatest-hits album is supposedly a prequel to a movie (The Lamb) in which Brooks will assume the role of a mysterious Australian-born pop singer. The first single, "Lost in You," sounds likeKenny Logginsauditioning for a role in theBackstreet Boys. Gaines's other "hits" range from the funk-lite of "Snow in July" to thePrince-like "The Way of the Girl," theBeatlesesque "Maybe," and the blatantWallflowersrip "Unsigned Letter." The tune on which Brooks most resembles the cat in the hat we all know is the melancholy ballad "It Don't Matter to the Sun." The most provocative tune is "Right Now," which interpolates (really) theYoungbloods' hippie classic "Get Together" withCheryl Wheeler's antigun screed "If It Were Up to Me." As himself, Garth Brooks has sold almost 100 million albums. If he's lucky, many of those fans will forgive him for Chris Gaines.--Rick Mitchell