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© Capitol Records
Year of Release: 1997
How You Ever
She's Gonna Make It
I Don't Have To Wonder
Two Pina Coladas
Fit For A King
Do What You Gotta Do
You Move Me
In Another's Eyes
No One Around
A Friend To Me
Take The Keys
To My Heart
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In 1997, there was nothing stopping Garth Brooks. Practically every release
by Brooks was reaching the number one position on the Pop Charts, likewise
Country. A luck of the Sevens proves that Garth Brooks can be lucky in
accomplishing top status, with whatever releases would follow. (In 1999, he
would release the Chris Gaines album, which did not reach number one,
due to a different musical style, and not having the Garth Brooks name.)
But going back to the heyday of Garth Brooks' Country career, Sevens
displays the way country music ought to be -- featuring the unique voice of
Brooks, the steel guitars, and in summary -- just good ol' Country music.
Typical honky-tonk fashioned tunes such as the opener, "Longneck
Bottle" gives the listener an easy kickback country style, enjoyable for
all. "How You Ever Gonna Know" has a California Country sound of the
1970s, as heard in the early years of The Eagles and Jackson Browne, mixed
with the current country sound. The ballads "She's Gonna Make It"
and "I Don't Have To Wonder" are enjoyable ones, as Brooks can easily
record great entertaining ballads, as well as honky-tonk'ers.
"Two Pina Coladas" has a smooth country style, and could easily be
compared to Jimmy Buffett's music. "Cowboy Cadillac" returns to the
upbeat, honky-tonkin' style, and a very impressive slow-driven ballad follows,
"Fit For A King." This one is classic country, Garth Brooks is at his
"Do What You Gotta Do" has today's country sound, where it does
sound like country, it does have a pop atmosphere. Yet with Brooks' voice,
and the country-styled violins and banjos, it easily fits the country format.
"You Move Me" is another medium-tempo easy song, and like previous ones,
it is just as entertaining as any ballad Brooks has recorded previously. The
ballad "In Another's Eyes" is a duet with Trisha Yearwood, and is another
good ballad to add to Brooks' repretoire.
Another medium-tempo styled (and definitely has the country sound), is
"When There's No One Around" -- another good country tune, and the next
song is another good ballad for Brooks -- "A Friend To Me." A mix of
Country and Rock best describes "Take The Keys To My Heart," and
"Belleau Wood" is another pretty ballad, ending another excellent
country album in Garth Brooks' elaborate career.
Sevens is another excellent accomplishment for Garth Brooks.
Featuring the country sound the way it ought to be, and not sounding too
pop and/or rock. His next release would be a live album Double Live,
(which also reached #1). Brooks would accomplish a complete 180 with his
character Chris Gaines on his next studio album, Garth Brooks in ...
the Life of Chris Gaines. That album was not as accepting to country
fans, yet it did reach #2 on the albums pop chart. Brooks would return
back to his famous country style with another #1 album, Scarecrow,
released in 2001.
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