Somehow Garth Brooks’ Latest Album Escaped Me

Garth Brooks - Ultimate HitsAs much ridicule as I got in elementary school, I never stopped professing my liking Garth Brooks music. I continued that support throughout high school and college. But somewhere along that time, it’s not so much that I stopped liking Garth Brooks, it’s more I stopped talking about him.

And it has more to do with him not releasing new material, and my musical tastes gravitating more toward indie rock music. Country music has gone through a mini-revival; however, I stopped listening to Kenny Chesney and I don’t really like the new music that Rascal Flatts has put out.

Sure, Garth has declared himself semi-retired, but he is doing a mini-concert tour that sold out in a few minutes. He still draws a crowd, and the fact that his last album Scarecrow didn’t sell his usual millions. The music industry would chalk it up to piracy, but artists don’t sell millions of albums anymore, not even Garth Brooks.

Garth Brooks Concert in Kansas CityHe also gets docked for his exclusive distribution deal with Wal-Mart. However, I did only find out about his latest two-disc album The Ultimate Hits through a Best Buy circular ad. There’s probably a legimate reason for it, but I don’t care. I have almost all of the man’s albums, minus his first greatest hits album (The Hits) and his first Chrismas album (Beyond The Season). I don’t need the former, but I really should get the latter.

I’m conflicted as to whether or not to buy the album. If I’m going to buy it, I should buy it soon before the prices shoot from their sale prices. However, like I said before, I have almost all of his albums, but Garth is crafty like a lot of artists, in that he’s bundling the album with four NEW songs. Oh the humanity.

The album sold 352,000 units to open at no. 3 on the Billboard top album charts.

Is it worth it? I already bought his exclusive Wal-Mart box sets. The only reason I bought the first box set was to get the CD of B-sides, which was kind of a rip-off considering there were only ten songs and I had to rebuy Scarecrow. The other box set was more worth it since it included his Central Park concert.

What to do…

I finally got around to listening more of swedish singer El Perro Del Mar, and boy am I in love. The only way to describe her is as a haunting version of Bjork.

My favorite tracks are “God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get),” “Party,” and “Here Comes That Feeling.”

A couple of videos (“God” and “Party” — the latter being very creepy).

Currently listening to: Office – “If You Don’t Know By Now.” It’s not an El Perro Del Mar song, but I’m still listening to it.

The greatest Star Wars poster ever.

Quote from Dexter:

Dexter: “Maybe if I don’t blink, my eyes will tear up.”

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