Customer Reviews

27
4.8 out of 5 stars
No Fences
Format: Audio CDChange
Price:£14.48+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Country music changed forever in 1989, led by Clint Black with his hugely successful debut album that spawned several number one country hits. Garth started at the same time as Clint but his debut album, while also very successful, didn't do as well as Clint's album at the time. With his second album (this one), Garth took country music to a level of popularity never previously known and became its leading star for much of the nineties. Indeed, Garth outsold all pop singers in America for a few years. I don't know how many copies this particular album has sold but I know it passed the ten million mark long ago. I was one of the early purchasers but, brilliant as it is, I never expected it to become that popular.
The four big American hits are The thunder rolls, Two of a kind working on a full house, Friends in low places and Unanswered prayers. None of these songs made the UK charts. Garth was unable to reproduce his American success in Britain although he eventually made the UK top twenty with a song from a later album. Friends in low places is a classic lightweight drinking song that Mark Chesnutt recorded at around the same time. More dramatic and equally brilliant is The thunder rolls, about a woman waiting for a man to come home safely during a stormy night - he does but she realizes that he's been cheating. Another classic is Unanswered prayers, in which Garth shows his gratitude for not having his old prayers answered, preferring his wife to an old flame. Sadly, Garth and his wife eventually went their separate ways some years later. Two of a kind working on a full house uses a poker game analogy to describe a couple in love although it makes no mention of a family, which you might expect from the title
Quite apart from the hits, there are other great songs here including New way to fly (about people looking for love that lasts), Victim of the game (about cheating), Wild horses (about a man's love of rodeo), Same old story (about a one-sided love), Mr Blue (a cover of a fifties pop song) and Wolves (about rural hardship - this song is by the brilliant but obscure singer-songwriter Stephanie Davis).
If you enjoy Garth's music, you should definitely buy this album, which is a classic.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2000
With songs like The thunder rolls, Two of a kind working on a full house, Much too young (to feel this damn old), unanswered prayers, The Dance, If tomorrow never comes and his all time classic Friends in low places, you cant ignore the albums class. Even if youre not a big country music fan, this is a must have for anyones C.D collection. The Biggest selling country album of all time, from the biggest selling solo artist of all time.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2010
I would class myself as being a fan of a particular style of 'country' music, and it normally does not include what might be termed as 'main stream Nashville' Now you probably will not get anyone more main stream country than Garth Brooks, but that is no reason to write him off as being irrelevant. His impact upon both the country and pop charts during the 1990s was simply huge. He brought well crafted compositions' rock sensibility and showmanship to country. Not being overly aware of his work outside of this album (No Fences) I cannot categorically state that this is his best work, I simply do not know, but it would appear to be one of his most popular and successful. With compositions such as 'When Tomorrow Never Comes' / 'The Dance' / 'The Thunder Rolls' and Friends In Low Places' it is not very hard to see why. All in all a well produced and delivered set of songs, with some outstanding tracks and very few poor offerings. A good listen and an album well worth buying.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2000
Garth Brooks is the all time Country Rock Star I have as yet to find someone better and I doubt I ever will this is one of the best albums he has created I can relate to so many of the songs he has performed it makes me laugh, I have also just purchased his double album greatest hits it has a lot of songs from this and many others but I always turn back to this album to find some reassurance. I hope he makes many more just as good.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 1 December 2012
Garth Brooks best represents the turning point in country music, moving away from the outlaw country and more traditional acts to more middle-of-the-road, more pop-oriented country acts. In this manner, Garth can be a highly polarizing figure. Garth laid the foundation for so many acts that followed in terms of cross-marketing, to the point where both pop and country stations often lay some of the same songs. For some, Garth's overt commercial appeal may be somewhat off putting - after all, realistically, Garth [has as much to do with rock as he does with country] owes as much to KISS and other rock bands as he does to country.

If the 1989 "Garth Brooks" was a good, but unremarkable album, "No Fences" is where Garth Brooks comes into his own a full-fledged superstar. Although "No Fences" in several ways sounds like an extension of his debut - there's some honky tonk, tall tales, exceptional ballads, straight up country - "No Fences" is far more interesting both musically and lyrically than the debut.

With "No Fences", the pop/rock influences become widely apparent in Garth's music, especially the ballads, [using the folk/power ballad bombast in seamless unity] marrying the folk-rock and the bombastic conventions of the power ballad seamlessly. The music is much more dynamic as well. "The Thunder Rolls" is a chilling ballad, but feels more akin to the songwriting sensibilities of a rock act than traditional country.

Garth hasn't left behind the honky tonk behind though. On the up-tempo songs, "Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House", using a clever poker analogy, is both entertaining and traditional at the same time. "Victim of the Game" hearkens back to Gospel style music, and would have fit in wonderfully on "The Chase", probably Garth's most eclectic album.

The remainder of the album has some great moments - "Friends in Low Places" was one of Garth's biggest hits, "Wolves" is a great closer, and "Unanswered Prayers" is a meditation on life, similar thematically to "If Tomorrow Never Comes". "Wild Horses" shows Garth's rodeo obsession (an obsession that lead him to rework Aerosmith's "The Fever" on the 1995 "Fresh Horses"). "Same Old Story" is another heartbreaking ballad.

With "No Fences", Garth crossed over, and was becoming a commercial juggernaut due to his impeccable ability to spot fantastic melodies, great hooks, and material that would have mass-market appeal. For better or for worst, Garth would revolutionize country music, and largely that revolution began right here with "No Fences".

There are those fans who would argue Garth was the worst thing to happen to "real" country music. Regardless, there is no doubt Garth brought country (even if he did make country far more palatable to Top 40 listeners with pop/rock songwriting sensibilities) far outside normal country markets. And for that, country music as an industry owes him a great deal of gratitude, even if the outlaws may be far more interesting for more "off beat" listeners.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 19 November 2014
Had this years ago, played so much it was jumping all over the place and then it just disappeared one day. Years after (the time of this order) I gave up arguing with my mum that it wasn't me that lost it and bought one for her and one for me. Only to find it ten minutes later, after going on four years of looking, in my stereo. Decided not to cancel since the forgotten one was so old. So glad, even though I bought the digital bundle online my mum keeps her cd in the car. Was so glad to finally have the first CD we ever had of Garth's back, to hear the songs again. Garth is the undisputed King of Country for me (although he sits behind George Strait out of sheer respect for the man's talent) and I never stop playing it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 15 January 2013
Garth Brooks AT HIS BEST!
I originally bought it new about 10 years ago but it got damaged, So I bought it again USED for only 1p + £1.26 P&P (that's how I buy ALL my CDs these days)!
I would recommend it to anyone who likes country music, Garth Brooks has an excellent voice & the songs on this CD are BRILLIANT!
It includes the Ronan Keatings chart topper IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES, (which Garth Brooks Wrote)!
My favourite is FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES (I have to singalong to this tune - I just can't help myself)!
Also UNANSWERED PRAYERS, Just Beautiful!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 26 October 2013
Even for those who may not appreciate country music, you will be surprised. This CD of Garth Brooks is in my opinion the best one and the only of country music in my collection of CD's and LP's. Very nice and deserves a review!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 11 January 2014
Brought for my husband for christmas. He loves it. Good quick delivery would recommend this sell. Packaging a ok. Should really give it 5 stars but I am fed up with listening to it !!!!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 16 January 2014
I got this cd for my husband for christmas even though his not a "country fan" ... its a good job I like it too, because he hasn't stopped playing it since!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Ultimate Hits 2CD + DVD
Ultimate Hits 2CD + DVD by Garth Brooks (Audio CD - 2014)

Man Against Machine
Man Against Machine by Garth Brooks (Audio CD - 2014)

In Pieces
In Pieces by Garth Brooks (Audio CD - 2008)
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.