Man Against Machine

Man Against Machine

by Garth BrooksGarth Brooks


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When Garth Brooks announced his retirement in 2000, there never was any question that he would one day return to active duty. The man himself predicted that his full-fledged return would coincide with the maturation of his children, which would arrive sometime around 2015. Right on schedule, Brooks came back in 2014 with an international tour and Man Against Machine, his first record in 13 years. Brooks never denies the passing years anywhere on Man Against Machine -- he never attempts to pour himself into skinny jeans so he can strut to an electronic beat, he never seems like a grinning bro next door as he embraces his middle age -- but he doesn't necessarily take pains to fit into the times, either. From its beefy arena rock arrangements to its preponderance of power ballads, this is an album constructed from remnants of the golden age of the diamond album, a cross-demographical blockbuster that's now a bit of accidental narrowcasting. This is for audiences who wish they made country records like they used to -- not when Hank, Willie, or Waylon were on the radio, but when arena country meant something to millions, a rallying cry from metro centers to strip malls across the land. Brooks proudly doesn't deviate from any of his trademarks: he cranks up the amps on the title track, slides into sticky sentimentality on "Mom," relishes a good story on "All-American Kid," indulges in the breezy yacht rock sounds of the '70s on "Wrong About You," offers a paean to the simple life on "Fish," guns for adult contemporary on "People Loving People," and once again salutes Chris LeDoux's cowboy swing on "Rodeo and Juliet." There are no surprises, but that's what's welcome about Man Against Machine. Brooks doesn't try to do anything differently; he just picks up where he left off and the time away has only made it clearer how he's different from all that came before and all that came since.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0888750113528
catalogNumber: 011352
Rank: 26624


  1. Man Against Machine
  2. She's Tired of Boys
  3. Cold like That
  4. All-American Kid
  5. Mom
  6. Wrong About You
  7. Rodeo and Juliet
  8. Midnight Train
  9. Cowboys Forever
  10. People Loving People
  11. Send 'Em On down the Road
  12. Fish
  13. You Wreck Me
  14. Tacoma

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garth Brooks   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Trisha Yearwood   Vocal Harmony
Bobby Wood   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Eddie Bayers   Percussion,Drums
Marc Beeson   Vocal Harmony
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Dennis Burnside   Conductor
David Campbell   Conductor
John Catchings   String Quartet
Stuart Duncan   String Quartet
Larry Franklin   String Quartet
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Vicki Hampton   Vocal Harmony
Chris Leuzinger   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Blair Masters   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Milton Sledge   Percussion,Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass Guitar
Kris Wilkinson   String Quartet
Glenn Worf   Bass Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Karyn Rochelle   Vocal Harmony
Robert Bailey   Vocal Harmony
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar
Kevin Kadish   Vocal Harmony
Steven Lee Olsen   Vocal Harmony
Mike Chapman   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Garth Brooks   Composer
Marc Beeson   Composer
Stephanie Bentley   Composer
Dennis Burnside   String Arrangements
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Charles Green   Producer
John Kelton   Engineer
Terry McBride   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Jenny Yates   Composer
Mark Miller   Producer
Virginia Team   Digital Imagery
Dan Muckala   Composer
Larry Bastian   Composer
Wynn Varble   Composer
Melissa Peirce   Composer
Mike Busbee   Composer
Bryan Kennedy   Composer
Chris Wallin   Composer
Brice Long   Composer
Amanda Williams   Composer
Don Sampson   Composer
Kevin Kadish   Composer
Adam Wright   Composer
Caitlyn Smith   Composer
Jeff Crump   Graphic Design
Steven Lee Olsen   Composer
Lee Miller   Composer
Craig Campbell   Composer
Matthew "Buster" Allen   Engineer
Tommy Colorigh   Digital Imagery
Matthew A. Rossi   Composer
Meilssa Peirce   Composer

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