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CD Review: Garth Brooks – Man Against Machine

Garth Brooks – Man Against Machine

Garth Brooks is receiving a great deal of media in his ninth studio album “Man Against Machine”  His album consists of:
Man Against Machine, She’s Tired of Boys, Cold Like That, All-American Kid, Mom, Wrong About You, Rodeo and Juliet, Midnight Train, Cowboys Forever, People Loving People, Send “Em On Down the Road, Fish, You Wreck Me, Tacoma

Modern technology is changing the way people view, listen, think and create music.  The internet continues to significantly influence the music industry in this modern time.  From Twitter exclusive, on to Facebook live streaming  to intimate Instagrams, artists can really connect with their fans and followers.  A lot of country music singers learned to embrace the interactive elements to obtain a larger and stronger crowd.  They can surf their way to the top of the music charts as long as they know the ins and outs of technology and their target areas.  Of course, there’s no denying that  while maintaining a steady web presence is important for most artists’ promotional arsenal, it is more vital to have live shows or opportunities to be face-to-face with the fans which gives a lasting impression.  For Garth Brooks, it’s the face-to-face- connections that has the most value.  It’s his way to ramp up fan interaction and say thanks to his loyal followers.  He has great progress in country music while still keeping it firmly attached to its roots.  He is still the key influence to a lot of country music singers.

Garth Brooks, the undeniably iconic superstar in Country Music sums up his success in the album “Man Against Machine”.  It is a loving reminder of pouring your heart into pursuing your dream.  Whatever field you are in, you have to be willing to make sacrifices, do the hard work , sweat for it, fight for it and overcome challenges. 

“Mom” written by  Don Sampson and Wynn Varble is incredibly touching and truly captures the love both God and the expectant Mom have for the baby who is about to be welcomed to the family.  It captured my heart when I heard it.  Indeed, music is a powerful influence in people’s lives. “People Loving People” is taking a step in comforting and uniting people during a crisis.  It strongly points us to God’s second greatest commandment, to love one another.  It reminds me of Michael Jackson’s song that goes, “There are ways to get there if you care enough for the living…Make a little space, make a better place...Heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race.”  In other words, let’s make Love a priority.  Every response, every act of goodwill, every thought must go through the fine filter of love.  The song emphasizes the importance of love and distinguishes the nature of love.
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International 

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