Today has been a fairly great day. Granted, spending most of that not feeling the greatest kind of led it off with a bad start, but a trip to Target made it better!
I went and purchased the new boxed set from Garth Brooks, featuring 10 discs with some new music, and one of those discs being the new album, Gunslinger. I will say that I was nervous when buying this boxed set, mainly because I was afraid it’d be the same old repeats of previous boxed sets I’ve purchased of Garth’s, and let me tell you folks, I own them all. But this boxed set, after getting it home, feels different.
Yes, don’t get me wrong. It DOES have songs that many of us already have imported into our iTunes libraries. However, my favorite album in this boxed set, besides the new album, is The Road.
The Road features live recordings, and yes, most are on the original Double Live that was released in the 90’s. However, it does have some new live recordings, and some are the recordings I’ve been waiting about 10 years for. In Another’s Eyes, New York State of Mind, American Pie, and One Night a Day. These songs live are some of the best songs, and I love to be able to play them on my iPod during a love drive.
The new album, is another topic. Gunslinger features some of the best songs, in my opinion, that Garth has recorded to date. It opens up very nicely with a 9-1-1 recording, and ends with a powerful duet version of Friends in Low Places (only to be found on the boxed set version of this album). But let me tell you my top 3 favorite songs, thus far, on Gunslinger.
Ask Me How I Know is a very great song, in my opinion. It’s about a guy who’s giving advice on how you are looking for a woman, and once you find her you’ll be begging her to stay. That’s the main story of the song, that I have taken from it.
He Really Loves You is a strong ballad. Tells a great story of a man who thinks his loved ones car was involved in a crash. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s a must listen on this album.
8teen was described as a song that has hidden meanings that Garth’s truest fans would catch. And it is just that. Very cool listen, and very fun to see if you can catch everything.
All the other songs on the album are fantastic and very Garth. If you’re a Garth Brooks fan, I recommend either getting this boxed set to get this album, or wait until Black Friday when it comes out on it’s own. Remember that version will not feature the 25th anniversary edition of Friends in Low Places.
Otherwise, I rate this entire boxed set a 10/10. That is my opinion. I’m very excited about this boxed set and what it contains, and would make a very sweet gift to any Garth fan, or even country music fan, who have not already purchased this themselves. It is available right now for $29.99 at Target right now.