Gunslinger (album)

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Gunslinger
Garth-Gunslinger-Cover.jpg
Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released November 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
Genre Country
Length 35:04
Label Pearl
Producer Mark Miller
Garth Brooks chronology
Christmas Together
(2016)Christmas Together2016
Gunslinger
(2016)
Singles from Gunslinger
  1. "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance"
    Released: October 13, 2016
  2. "Ask Me How I Know"
    Released: March 17, 2017

Gunslinger is the tenth studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on November 25, 2016 by Pearl Records. The album's lead single, "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance", was released on October 13, 2016.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic65[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
The Independent3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[6]

The album has been given a Metacritic score of 65 based on 5 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews.[3]

The album debuted at No. 4 on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 19,000 copies in its first week as a standalone album.[7] The album has sold 146,700 copies in the US as of March 2018.[8]

A Walmart exclusive that bundled Christmas Together with Gunslinger was released the week before the album itself was released, and debuted at No. 14 with 6,600 copies sold.[9] This bundle reached No. 3 on that chart, selling 23,000 copies in the second week and reached No. 3 on that chart.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Standard version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Honky-Tonk Somewhere"Garth Brooks, Kent Blazy, Bryan Kennedy, Kim Williams2:25
2."Weekend"Brooks, Benita Hill2:40
3."Ask Me How I Know"Mitch Rossell3:34
4."Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance"Blazy, Steve Dorff, Victoria Shaw, Williams, Brooks3:10
5."He Really Loves You"Brooks, Bobby Wood4:00
6."Pure Adrenaline"Brooks, Gordon Kennedy3:49
7."Whiskey to Wine" (featuring Trisha Yearwood)Brooks, B. Kennedy, Wynn Varble4:13
8."BANG! BANG!"David Ashmore, Brooks, B. Kennedy3:10
9."Cowboys and Friends"Brooks, Matt Rossi3:14
10."8teen"Brooks, Jenny Yates4:49
Total length:35:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Roy Agee – horns
  • Sam Bacco – drums, percussion
  • Jeff Bailey – horns
  • Preston Bailey – horns
  • Eddie Bayers – drums, percussion
  • Bruce Boutonsteel guitar
  • Jimmy Bowland – horns
  • Garth Brooks – lead and backing vocals
  • David Campbell – string arrangements
  • Mike Chapman – bass guitar
  • Mark Douthit – horns
  • Barry Green – horns
  • Kenny Greenbergacoustic and electric guitars
  • Rob Hajacos – fiddle
  • Mike Haynes – horns
  • Prentiss Hobbs – horns
  • Chris Leuzinger – electric guitar
  • Chris McDonald – horns
  • Blair Masters – keyboards
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle
  • Doug Moffett – horns
  • Brian Frasier-Moore – drums, percussion
  • Nashville String Machine – strings
  • Billy Panda – acoustic guitar
  • Steve Patrick – horns
  • Danny Raderbouzouki, mandolin
  • Karyn Rochelle – backing vocals
  • Mitch Rossell – acoustic guitar on "Ask Me How I Know"
  • Robbie Shankle – horns
  • Milton Sledge – drums, percussion
  • Eric Smith – bass guitar
  • Denis Solee – horns
  • Bobby Wood – keyboards
  • Bob Wray – bass guitar
  • Trisha Yearwood – backing vocals on "Whiskey to Wine"

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016–17) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 16
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[11] 18
Irish Albums (IRMA)[12] 9
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[13] 9
Scottish Albums (OCC)[14] 47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 93
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 81
US Billboard 200[17] 25
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[18] 4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
US Country Airplay US
CAN Country
2016 "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" 29 15 23
2017 "Ask Me How I Know" 13 1 71 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garth Brooks' 'Gunslinger' Album: Everything You Need to Know". 
  2. ^ "Garth Brooks Reveals Details for 'The Ultimate Collection'". Taste of Country. 
  3. ^ a b "Gunslinger by Garth Brooks". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Gunslinger - Garth Brooks | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Gill, Andy (23 November 2016). "Album reviews: The KT Fellowship, Bruno Mars, Sun Ra, and more". The Independent. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Harris, Keith. "Review: Garth Brooks' Enthusiasm Cannot Save Flat 'Gunslinger' Material". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Asker, Jim (December 6, 2016). "Garth Brooks Triples Up (Again) In Top Country Albums Top Five". Billboard. 
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 27, 2018). "Top 10 Country Album Sales Chart: March 27, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 28, 2016). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: November 28, 2016". Roughstock. 
  10. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Garth Brooks – Gunslinger". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "On The Charts...This Week". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 49, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Garth Brooks – Gunslinger". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  17. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  18. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 6, 2016.