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Garth Brooks - Beyond the Season

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Garth Brooks - Beyond the Season

Garth Brooks - Beyond the Season

The Bottom Line

Garth's first and best Christmas album, uncluttered with the self-aware superstardom his later one was hampered by, this disc simply and purely celebrates the season with honesty, love, heart, and impressive tenderness. With mostly traditional melodies done in a straightforward style, Garth produced a Christmas album that remains on my favorites list year after year.
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Pros

  • "The Gift"
  • "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
  • "Unto You This Night"

Cons

  • None.

Description

  • Eleven tracks, a smooth combination of modern songs and traditional carols.
  • Featuring "The Gift," which in my opinion is one of the finest Christmas songs ever recorded.
  • Features Garth's own "stable" of songwriters performing as the animals on "The Friendly Beasts."

Guide Review - Garth Brooks - Beyond the Season

No matter what else happened in the illustrious and sometimes weird storied career of Garth Brooks, one fact remains crystalline clear: This boy could sing. His voice is as pure as mountain spring water and as honest as Abe Lincoln. When he sings Christmas songs in a simple, straightforward country style, it's from-the-heart beautiful.

This was Garth's fourth album, coming right after the unbelievable, record-shattering success of "Ropin' the Wind." At this point, he was still just a good country singer, and the simple recordings show that. Whether he's singing a heartfelt version of "Silent Night" (including a short soliloquy about the trials of going home for Christmas) or a rollicking take on Buck Owens' "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy," he's presenting a seasonal album that's neither a throwaway novelty nor just another artist recording seasonal songs to make a quick buck at the holidays; this disc obviously came from the heart.

I may have my love-hate relationship with Garth (yes, I had a few t-shirts... and saw him live at least once... and was at the store right at opening to buy a few discs on the first day they were released... why?), but there has not been a year gone by since 1992 that this isn't the first Christmas disc in the machine the day after Thanksgiving. "The Gift" alone makes it worth it, but Garth's take on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Go Tell It On The Mountain" just makes the season bright.

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