Old Boots, New Dirt (Broken Bow, 2014)
Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh
No matter what you may think of Aldean's chosen style, though, you have to hand it to him for perfecting his rock-leaning Southern music approach. He sounds extremely comfortable in his boots. He's also added a few new wrinkles to the mix. "Burnin' It Down" works in explicitly R&B percussion grooves with no harm done, while "Tryin' to Love Me" and "Too Fast" reveal a rarely heard tender side of Aldean's musical personality. The former even features Aldean singing sincerely apologetic lyrics. More importantly, the both of these tracks test Aldean's singing prowess and leave him sounding quite the accomplished vocalist. There are also, thankfully, far fewer moments where Aldean sounds like he's trying too hard to get jiggy with hip-hop sounds, as he's done in the past.
Much like Luke Bryan (and others), Aldean creates what's best described as country lifestyle music. These are songs aimed at the young and restlessly boozing. Yet with its nice, unexpected sonic touches, this album gives his audience a tad more than they may have bargained for.
CDs by Jason Aldean
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