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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

The artist pays tribute to the inspirational love of a woman (“You Move Me”) and a certain cowgirl’s beauty, work ethic and mothering skills (“Cowboy Cadillac”). During a Christmas truce, WWII enemies sing “Silent Night” together from their trenches on “Belleau Wood.” The cautionary “She’s Gonna Make It” describes the emotional fallout from divorce. With a “no guts, no glory” attitude, Brooks applauds those who risk failure in life and love (“How You Ever Gonna Know”). “Fit for a King” honors a homeless, former alcoholic who shares the gospel on a street corner.

Objectionable Content

“Two Pina Coladas” seeks solace in alcohol, while “Longneck Bottle” sends mixed messages about drinking. A man and woman-both otherwise married-express feelings for each other (“In Another’s Eyes”).

Summary Advisory

With these exceptions, Sevens delivers more inspiring messages than we’ve heard on a single Garth Brooks’ disc in long time. In its first two weeks, this number-1 chartbuster sold a record 1.5 million copies, catapulting Brooks ahead of Elvis Presley in total career album sales.

Bob Waliszewski
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