No Fences 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… No Fences 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… Garth Brooks Country
Music Review

No Fences (1990)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: Garth Brooks; Genre: Country

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

Originally posted Sep 21, 1990 Published in issue #32 Sep 21, 1990 Order article reprints
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