The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1997 · Page 108
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 108

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TGIF The Palm Beach Post DECEMBER 5, 1997 Page 17 Ml I Hit 17; ' ' "1 f, . I 'f f . ' '. I . -. k : I GALORE B ':5p p mtfmmm Brooks solid with 'Sevens'; Diana tribute disappoints Counterstools Matching Chairs Bars Pub & Game Tables Lowest Price Guaranteed 640-0719 SE CORNER OF P.B. LAKES ft OKEECHOBEE BLVD. 2826 Okeechobee Blvd.WPB HiwnM-FlM'Su. IM'Snn. IH i "4 mite West of 1-95 Sthl Mj (UjONlt T m llyillllllllll hiJL Ml litis t I 'TfT Sevens Garth Brooks (Capitol) Garth Brooks is the bull in the china shop of country music. Having sold 62 million albums in America since 1989 only the Beatles ever sold more Brooks has enough power to shape label hiring policies. Piqued at personnel changes and marketing disarray at CapitolEMI, Brooks delayed the release of his seventh album during what would have been a publicity bonanza, his much-ballyhooed IIBO-Central Park concert in August. John Flutter's MAGNIFICAT A Robert Shaw Arrangement of Carols THE MANY MOODS OF CHRISTMAS and other CHRISTMAS CONCERT offerings RONDA PAOLE1TI KENT A. MORGAN Soprano Director With members of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra SUNDAY-DECEMBER 7 ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY, 4:00 PM FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 33 GLEASON STREET DELRAY BEACH Donation 561 495 4818 A RctePlio wi" Follow the Concert Ten Dollars per Adult FLOWING BROOKS: Garth Brooks has released his highly anticipated new album, Sevens. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's about a 6. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. But, from a purely musical viewpoint, it's frustrating that not more artists came up with original material of distinction. Most just donated past songs so that, too often, the tribute sounds about tolerance. Brooks gives the song a spare gospel-flavored reading that's close to the bluegrass of When There's No One Around, a jolly song recorded with the reunited New Grass Revival. Richard Harrington, The Washington Post. "SEASON" IS HERE... WHAT! We are still serving our Fabulous Early Gourmet Special 5:006:00 J THE ROASTED PEPPER CfiFE Sevens has now hit the market, three months late but still in time for the holidays . Sevens is by no means a bad album, but neither is it a great one. It finds Brooks wisely pulling back from the more raucous, rock-energized efforts of the recent past. But at times, the new album is spare to a fault. It's closer to some of his early work, but it's no No Fences. Sevens leads off promisingly with Steve Wariner's Longneck Bottle, a zesty blend of honky-tonk and western swing. Wariner contributes taut cowboy-jazz guitar and Brooks' voice swoops gracefully into his lower register. But the album stalls with the first of two Up With Garth tunes, How You Ever Gonna Know. Slogans about challenging yourself, taking chances, chasing the dream clutter its frothy melody. Romantic melodrama is at the heart of She 's Gonna Make It and Don't Have to Wonder. The loser mentality is played out to its ultimate option in Don't Have to Wonder. Happily, matters of the heart do not always provoke such extreme reactions. For instance, In Another's Eyes is a somber duet with Trisha Yearwood about the temptation to stray. The folk-rock-ish A Friend to Me is a testimonial to sustaining romantic alliances through hard times. And You Move Me is simple thanks to someone for making the singer believe in himself. There are some very weak songs. Cowboy Cadillac and Take the Keys to My Heart trade heavily in car cliches. Even worse is the Caribbean-flavored Two Pina Co-ladas, which sounds like a Jimmy Buffctt outtake. The poignant Fit for a King is about a , raggedy street-corner preacher who teaches passersby like an adult-contemporary "Greatest Hits" album. There is an overload of lush, mournful ballads that individually are often compelling, but collectively sound like a downbeat blur. An example is the sequencing of previously released tracks on the first CD with some of the saddest songs these artists have done, from Paul McCartney's Little Willow (written for a female friend who died), Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven (associated with his son who died), R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts (with the line "Sometimes everything is wrong"), and Bruce Springsteen's Streets o) Philadelphia (about an AIDS sufferer). Hearing these songs back to back makes for agonizing listening. There's also a preponderance of melancholy love songs donated from the archives of such artists as Michael Jackson Gone Too Soon), George Michael (You Have Been Loved), Diana Ross (Missing You), and Toni Braxton with Kenny G (How Could an Angel Break My HeartX No one expected a party album, but it would have been nice to have more songs offering rays of hope. Steve Morse, The Poston Gtyft Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute Various artists (Sony) In the days after Princess Diana's death, Aug. 31, in a car crash in Paris, many pop musicians scrambled to assemble a proper tribute. Elton John's Candle in the Wind '97 was the immediate focal point and has since sold more than 30 million copies to become the top-selling single in history. Now comes a double-CD in her honor, Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute, which landed in stores Tuesday. It's a tribute project that is lovely in many ways, as an attempt to express sorrow, channel grief, and search for hope amid tragedy. The double CD achieves at least some of these purposes helped by a smattering of new songs by Peter Gabriel, Sinead O'Connor, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, and others though there is still the lingering feeling that this could have been more than it is. The CDs will no doubt raise millions of charity dollars for the . 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