December 15, 2007
“Workin’ For a Livin’”
Garth Brooks & Huey Lewis
Songwriters: Chris Hayes & Huey Lewis
It’s not a good sign when you’re listening to a cover song and wondering, “What’s the point?” Garth Brooks revisiting a Huey Lewis & The News classic, trading off verses with Lewis himself. That doesn’t even sound interesting on paper, and it isn’t any better on record.
Paint-by-numbers covers don’t do much for me in the first place, and when you’re trying to make an eighties soft rock hit country, it’s even less effective to play it straight. My hope that Garth’s semi-retirement had rejuvenated him creatively is quickly fading. He might want to ask his wife for advice on how to keep making interesting music in the second decade of a career.