Against this backdrop of success, it is difficult to believe that Gunslinger is only Brooks’ tenth studio album – well, eleventh if we count Greatest Hits, released under the Chris Gaines moniker. With just ten tracks, and a duration of 35 minutes, Gunslinger is a tight little album – for the most part. BANG! BANG!, Cowboys and Friends, and 8teen form a disappointing triumvirate to conclude the record, but given the album’s brevity it’s unlikely that spreading these tracks out would have benefited the record, and at least this way the listener can turn the album off after Whiskey To Wine – a well-executed duet between Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood – to end on a relative high-note.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 14th December 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.

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