March 14, 2008
Garth Brooks might have been wise to follow his own advice to his wife, Trisha Yearwood. He is credited for encouraging Trisha to step it up a notch for her latest studio effort, which is something that she took to heart and the end result is one of her best albums to date.
With his Ultimate Hits package, Garth gave himself four opportunities to give his fans, such as myself, something to tide them over until he decides to make a new full length studio album. Unfortunately, he did not choose as wisely as his wife did. Instead, aside from one song, the new offerings are very forgettable and lack the energy of the hits that catapulted him to his meteoric success in the first place.
“Midnight Sun” starts off slow and stays slow a few seconds too long. When the song finally picks up the pace, we get a honky tonker that is okay, but not something that will likely stick in our minds after the song is over. While his voice sounds much better than it did in “Workin’ For A Livin’” and it’s nice to hear some twang in Garth’s country, the fact is that “Midnight Sun” sounds similar to some of his filler songs from his previous albums rather than a contender for the top spot on radio or our iPod playlists.
Written by Garth Brooks, Jerrod Niemann, Richie Brown
Listen: Midnight Sun