Alanna Nash
September 21, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

No Fences

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Garth Brooks
Producers
Capitol
genre
Country

We gave it an A

On his second album, No Fences, country’s hottest new ”hat act” continues to display a wide streak of individuality. Garth Brooks offers the same mix asany other traditional country performer — ballads, honky-tonk, and the occasional kick-’em-up rhythm tune — but he usually finds off-the-wall ingredients to put in it, such as ”The Thunder Rolls,” a cheatin’ song cast in a Gothic mold. He also has a feel for white-trash anthems, like ”Friends in Low Places,” in which a likable clod declares, ”Blame it all on my roots/I showed up in boots/ And ruined your black tie affair.” Like Elvis, Brooks knows how to make lower class sexy. A

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