When Garth Brooks was asked at a July press conference what his first studio album in 13 years would sound like, he replied, "Garth music" -- and damned if he wasn't on the money. Man Against Machine is no reinvention, but rather a continuation. As the top-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era, Brooks, who launched a world tour on Nov. 7, is savvy enough to know that if he tries to match today's bro country of Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, he will be accused of chasing trends. Duplicate past glories and it would feel dated.

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