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Year of Release: 2012
This Nothin' Town
When She Says Baby
Feel That Again
The Only Way I Know
Take A Little Ride
I Don't Do Lonely Well
Staring At The Sun
Drink One For Me
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Country artist Jason Aldean marks his debut this week, with his fifth album of his career, Night Train, released in 2012. I have to admit,
today's 21st Century Country, is not Country... It's Pop music, labeled as "Country." However, Jason Aldean is one of the few Country artists, you can
actually label as "Country." Having said this, Night Train is really a combination of Rock and Country. Yes, it easily fits the more recent
Country music (and proud to actually mention that). Yet, some songs here can fit today's Rock formats as well, even Southern Rock.
Only one track reached #1 on Billboard's Country songs chart - "Take A Little Ride." And after listening to the entire Night Train
album, this is a really good Country ride.
The album starts out with "This Nothin' Town" -- a good, updated Country-sounding tune. There are many tracks here that are very good, fitting
today's updated Country. Those to mention are: "Feel That Again," "Night Train" (title track).
"When She Says Baby" is more of a Rock track than Country, yet it is a good Rock & Country song. The same goes for "Wheels Rollin."
(I can picture Chris Daughtry singing this one...)
Then there's the "nice, slowed-down" Country tunes: "Talk," "I Don't Do Lonely Well," and "Staring In The Sun" (which reminds me of
Tim McGraw). The album's closing song is also a nice and slowed-down number, "Water Tower."
Aldean's #1 "Take A Little Ride" is DEFINITELY COUNTRY. Luke Bryan and Eric Church also appear on another "DEFINITELY COUNTRY" track -
"The Only Way I Know." The latter tune reminds me of an upbeat Country song that Toby Keith would record.
Night Train keeps getting better and better... The title track is a good Country tune, likewise the Toby Keith'ish "1994." "Drink One
For Me" (oh yeah, with a song title like that one, it's got to be Country...) This one is also a Tim McGraw'ish sounding tune. Speaking of McGraw,
there's "Walking Away."
"Black Tears" is more mellow and darker, and fits more as a Southern Rock ballad.
Jason Aldean IS Country... This is what today's Country should sound like. It matches the formats of Rock, Southern Rock, and of course,
Country. For the true Country fans, you can't go wrong. Only one #1 from this album, yet there should have been more. Jason Aldean has had his shares
of #1s, both with Country songs (9) and Country albums (5). He's even crossed over to the Billbard Album chart with three #1 albums. Country is
Jason Aldean. If there were more country-styled artists like him, Country would return to what it should sound like. Country music. Good Rock music.
Southern Rock music. Not Pop. Not Pop Rock. Not even Southern Rock Pop, if it does exist. Night Train is an ultimate Country ride. And a great
ride it is, for repeated "travels."
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