Scarecrow (Garth Brooks album)

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Scarecrow
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Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released November 13, 2001
Studio Jack's Tracks Recording Studio
Genre Country
Length 48:21
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Sevens
(1997)Sevens1997
Scarecrow
(2001)
The Limited Series
(2005)The Limited Series2005
Alternative cover
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(77/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
BBC Music(favorable)[3]
Billboard(favorable)[4]
E! OnlineB[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
Plugged In(mixed)[6]
Q4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1][8]
The Village Voice(mixed)[9]

Scarecrow is the eighth studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on November 13, 2001, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the Top Country Albums chart. It has been certified 5× platinum RIAA and was named Best Selling Album at the 2002 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. It was the last album by Brooks before his thirteen-year hiatus.

Background[edit]

Brooks commented on the album saying:

At the end of last year I made a commitment to Capitol (Records) that I would try to bring them one more album. This is the result of that effort, a real labor of love, that I'm proud to hold up next to all of our previous releases. For the first time in my life I think I made a happy album. It's heavy on steel guitars, but you're not aware of it in some places because the musicians are so good at what they do.

Content[edit]

Singles released from this album include "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" (a duet with George Jones, also found on Jones's 2001 album The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001), "Wrapped Up in You", "Squeeze Me In" (a duet with Trisha Yearwood), "Thicker Than Blood", and "Why Ain't I Running". Of these, "Wrapped Up in You" was the highest peaking, reaching #5 on the Hot Country Songs charts. Prior to the album's release, "When You Come Back to Me Again" had charted on the country charts as a selection from the soundtrack to the film Frequency.

Several of the tracks on this album were originally recorded by other artists. "Pushing Up Daisies" was originally recorded by Kevin Welch on his 1995 album Life Down Here on Earth, while "Big Money" was originally recorded under the title "It Pays Big Money" by Mark Chesnutt on his 2000 album Lost in the Feeling. Additionally, "Don't Cross the River" was previously recorded by America on their 1972 album Homecoming. "Squeeze Me In" was previously recorded by Lee Roy Parnell on his 1995 album We All Get Lucky Sometimes.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Why Ain't I Running" (Kent Blazy, Tony Arata, Garth Brooks) – 4:32
  2. "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" (Kim Williams, Amanda Williams, Keith Anderson, George Ducas, Blazy) – 2:28
  3. "Wrapped Up in You" (Wayne Kirkpatrick) – 4:42
  4. "The Storm" (Blazy, K. Williams, Brooks) – 4:37
  5. "Thicker Than Blood" (Jenny Yates, Brooks) – 2:53
  6. "Big Money" (Shawn Camp, Randy Hardison, Wynn Varble) – 3:59
  7. "Squeeze Me In" (Delbert McClinton, Gary Nicholson) – 3:31
  8. "Mr. Midnight" (J.R. Cobb, Buddy Buie, Tom Douglas) – 4:03
  9. "Pushing Up Daisies" (John Hadley, Kevin Welch, Gary Scruggs) – 4:18
  10. "Rodeo or Mexico" (Bryan Kennedy, Paul Kennerley, Brooks) – 4:22
  11. "Don't Cross the River" (Dan Peek) – 4:05
  12. "When You Come Back to Me Again" (theme from the movie Frequency) (Yates, Brooks) – 4:44

2014 re-release[edit]

  1. "Why Ain't I Running" (Kent Blazy, Tony Arata, Garth Brooks) – 4:32
  2. "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" (Kim Williams, Amanda Williams, Keith Anderson, George Ducas, Blazy) – 2:28
  3. "More Than a Memory" (Lee Brice, Billy Montana, Kyle Jacobs) – 3:25
  4. "Thicker Than Blood" (Jenny Yates, Brooks) – 2:53
  5. "Wrapped Up in You" (Wayne Kirkpatrick) – 4:42
  6. "The Storm" (Blazy, K. Williams, Brooks) – 4:37
  7. "Big Money" (Shawn Camp, Randy Hardison, Wynn Varble) – 3:59
  8. "Squeeze Me In" (Delbert McClinton, Gary Nicholson) – 3:31
  9. "Mr. Midnight" (J.R. Cobb, Buddy Buie, Tom Douglas) – 4:03
  10. "Good Ride Cowboy" (Jerrod Niemann, Bryan Kennedy, Richie Brown, Bob Doyle) – 3:26
  11. "Pushing Up Daisies" (John Hadley, Kevin Welch, Gary Scruggs) – 4:18
  12. "Rodeo or Mexico" (Bryan Kennedy, Paul Kennerley, Brooks) – 4:22
  13. "Don't Cross the River" (Dan Peek) – 4:05
  14. "When You Come Back to Me Again" (theme from the movie Frequency) (Yates, Brooks) – 4:44

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[10]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Recorded and mixed by Mark Miller at Jack's Tracks Recording Studio
  • Additional recording by Keith Stegall at The Sound Station
  • Engineered by John Kelton

Charts[edit]

In the United States, Scarecrow debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming his eighth No. 1 album on the chart, and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his eleventh No. 1 Country album. In January 2006, Scarecrow was certified 5× Platinum by the RIAA.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Jones, Chris. "BBC - Music - Review of Garth Brooks - The Scarecrow". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Billboard review". Archived from the original on November 25, 2001. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Entertainment Weekly review". Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  6. ^ Plugged In review
  7. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: garth brooks". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  9. ^ Harris, Keith (22 January 2002). "Blood on the Plow". villagevoice.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Scarecrow (CD booklet). Garth Brooks. Capitol Records. 2001. 31330. 
  11. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 26 November 2001" (PDF) (613). Pandora Archive. February 21, 2002. Archived from the original on 21 February 2002. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Garth Brooks : Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  13. ^ GmbH, musicline.de / PhonoNet. "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche - musicline.de". musicline.de. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  14. ^ http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Garth+Brooks
  15. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Garth Brooks - Scarecrow - swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 - Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  17. ^ [[[:Template:Http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/27369/garth-brooks/]] "Garth Brooks : Chart History"] Check |url= value (help). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  18. ^ "CRIA - Audio and Video Certification January 2009". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  19. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 

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