Alan Jackson - Good
Album review by: Cheryl
Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
Alan Jackson's new album kicks off with the title cut Good
Time but the track that best sums up the
entire album is "(You've Got Me) Right Where I Want
You." No doubt, as the end of track seventeen nears,
this will be exactly what the famously humble, dynamic,
laid back, Mr. Jackson will be secretly thinking because
he has got to know that he has delivered a homerun with
this amazing album. The album IS, from first track to
last, definitely a "Good Time." This is not the
first time Jackson has had an album debut at the top of
the charts and it most likely won't be the last.
"Small Town Southern Man," the first single
released from the album, will most likely be sitting at
the number one position by the time you are reading this.
Like fine wine, his mellow baritone voice simply gets
better with age. Ironically, Good Time, Jackson's
seventeenth album, also contains seventeen fantastic songs
which made it difficult for me to select a favorite track.
However, after about the third time I hit the restart
button on "I Wish I Could Back Up," I was pretty
sure it was one of the songs that was going to rank high
in my favorite category, and it is.
Impressed by the quality of the songwriting, I quickly
reached for the liner notes to see who the great
songwriters were and, much to my delight and surprise,
there is only one songwriter for all seventeen songs; none
other than the superbly talented Jackson. With his amazing
gift of being able to deliver profound wisdom with just a
few words, he displays the hallmark of a great songwriter
on every song on this album. Another big plus for this
album is that Jackson joined forces again with his
longtime friend and producer Keith Stegall; they most
assuredly are a dynamically talented duo and the end
result is a traditional country at its finest.
There are plenty of toe-tappers and great peddle steel
riffs throughout the album. Martina McBride fans are sure
to enjoy the lighthearted duet, "Never Loved
Before" but one of my favorite upbeat tracks is
"I Still Like Bologna." This cleverly written
tune has just a hint of Bob Wills on the bridge and a lot
of lyrics that baby boomers are sure to relate to.
Album, single, entertainer, male vocalist, song, vocal
event, music video of the year from the ACM, CMA, TNN, too
many times to list here, are merely a few of the awards he
has racked up to date and add to that the ASCAP songwriter
and song of the year and what do you get? Answer is
simple; from this "Small Town Southern Man," who
was once a simple "Country Boy," you now have
superstar, singer, songwriter extraordinaire, Alan
Jackson says that he made this album for his fans;
well, he definitely knows what his fans want and he is
certain to make many new ones. His writing style is
eloquent in its simplicity; straight from his heart to
yours and guaranteed to deliver a "Good Time."
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