Author: Leon Blair
I know what most of you were probably expecting when you clicked on this link. You're probably waiting for me to explode in anger over Jason Aldean's new album and his comments and how this album in particular is such a disgrace to country music. Well, I do hate to disappoint all of you but I'm not the one to do that. Others have already spoken at length about this much better than I could, and prelude aside, this conversation will be kept on the music.
While I of course will be getting to the actual album in due time, the prelude in every one of my reviews offers me a chance to either expose some background information on the artist in question or some events leading up to his or her album in question. But this isn't me discussing another independent country or Americana act. You'd have to live on the planet Zephnar to have not heard of Jason Aldean. That means we'll be talking about events that have shaped this album. Oh boy, that's a fun topic for this particular album isn't it?
Jason's comments about not wanting to be too “songwriterly”, the state of rock music, and also who his album is aimed at have not exactly made me or many others very happy. In fact, I think I could answer most of his comments accurately and fairly simply by calling them asinine (and a small fraction of that isn't even based in opinion. There's no cool rock bands? Seriously?!? Blackberry Smoke had a number one country album last year!!). I've grown tired of bashing artists however, and although I had originally no plans to cover this album, when a family member of mine wanted to buy it, I figured what the heck? After all, Aldean wants us to keep an open mind with his music (despite not doing anything to really deserve it), and hey, he's had some surprisingly good album cuts in the past that I'll give him credit for. In addition, it's important to draw a line between who a music star is as a person and the type of music they make. So I dug into his newest album They Don't Know to see what kind of album it was. What did I find?