Trying To Put It Together

PERFORMER: GARTH BROOKS

ALBUM: IN PIECES

LABEL: LIBERTY

THE BOTTOM LINE: A high-spirited rock-'n'-roll country album is tainted by a mean-spirited swipe at the underclass.

In his own indecisive way, Garth Brooks has become a sort of Ross Perot of country music. First he suggests he may quit performing. Then he says he's back in. Now, on his new album, In Pieces, Brooks has made one of his worst decisions by recording a misguided anthem titled American Honky-Tonk Bar Association. In this song, over a beat as rambunctious as a mechanical bull, this most favored of country stylists asks listeners to...

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