9 (Broken Bow, 2019)
Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh
Within its booze for every occasion approach, there are nevertheless a couple of fine drinking songs. "Came Here To Drink" sounds melancholy yet celebrates drinking just for drinking's sake. "Don't Drink Anymore" describes a woman not at all enthusiastic about her man's drinking habits. "I don't drink anymore," he states in his defense, only to follow this up with "and I don't drink any less." This one is nicely colored with steel guitar.
Aldean is a fine country vocalist whenever he sings over more traditional instrumentation. Unfortunately, the album also includes songs like "We Back," which namedrops AC/DC, and owes more to hard rock music than anything country. The album also sports a prerequisite small-town song ("Keeping It Small Town") and Southern roots declaration ("Dirt We Were Raised On").
Aldean may have flirted with R&B elements a few years ago, but these current sounds stick closely to guitar rock, with just a few country-leaning songs thrown in. Lyrically, these tracks don't tell us anything we didn't already know about Aldean. It won't gain any new fans, then, nor lose any longtime admirers.
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