Jason Aldean covers plenty of familiar ground in his latest offering, moving with ease from tanned-leg Georgia dreams to square cornfields to a fairly even mix of church pews and bar stools. If anything, the album is a bit too
seamless, one song melding into the next, the words on many evaporating into thin air.
But it all adds up to a very good time - exactly what you'd hope for with an album with "party" in its title. Don't Wanna Stay , a duet with Kelly Clarkson (of all people) is a hot mess, so popular with fans that it's climbing the charts through unsolicited airplay after the two performed the song together at this year's CMA Awards. The title track delivers as advertised, Fly Over States, Tattoos on this Town and Country Boy's World provide the small town content, and there's more than enough heartache to go around, including on The Heartache That Don't Stop Hurting.
While the album is missing a true kick-ass stomper on the order of Hick Town or Johnny Cash , it's not without its standouts - Dirt Road Anthem is clearly the best song on the disc, a track co-written by country rapper Colt Ford that features Aldean showcasing his best spoken word skills. Fun stuff.