Chris Willman
December 06, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Garth Brooks
Producers
Capitol Nashville
genre
Holiday, Country, Pop

We gave it a C-

The portentous cover of ”Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas” (Capitol Nashville) has the artist formerly known as Gaines holding out a crystal ball, perhaps believing that a holiday mix of Christianity and occultism is the way to win back country’s core audience. If only the album itself were so nutty. With this dull ”Magic” set, Brooks moves from the Western swing of 1993’s ”Beyond the Season” to ersatz ’40s swing, adopting a quasi-big-band style so impersonal he could be any of a million Andy Williams wannabes. C-

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