Alan Jackson’s new album is ‘Angels and Alcohol.’ Music critics are weighing in on the much-anticipated new release from the veteran country music superstar who’s been a dominant force in the business for a quarter century. Check out a roundup of what they have to say.
It’s difficult to overestimate the popularity of country music. And for some long-time stars of the business, their careers forge on, year after year, with continued success. Perennial tours, staggering album sales and the like are not uncommon.
Such is the case for Alan Jackson who first rose to fame in 1990 with his debut album, ‘Here in the Real World’ and is known for such signature hits as ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox,’ ‘A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love), ‘”She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)” and “Chattahoochee” just to name a few.
In an era in which country music stars sometimes meander into crossover if not outright pop music territory, Alan Jackson has always held to tradition, and done so with conviction and persuasion that’s keep a loyal fan base happy for many many years. His “Keeping It Country” Tour celebrating his 25 years in country music kicked off at the beginning of January and has been a runaway success.
So it’s with much fanfare that Jackson’s ‘Angels and Alcohol’ arrives. It’s his 15th studio album and his first album of new material since 2012’s ‘Thirty Miles West.’ He himself wrote most of the songs and it was produced by his longtime producer Keith Stegal.
So what do the critics have to say of the new album? Here’s a roundup.
“….Jackson sings like a man who knows what he’s doing. That’s not to say he doesn’t tackle many of the same topics as his country brethren — drinking, breakups and three-day holidays in his world, too. But he does it better than almost anyone else…..” — Newsday
“….Unless you are a Jackson expert, you could take cuts from Don’t Rock The Jukebox (1991), Who I Am (1994), and Everything I Love (1996), mix them up – and nobody could tell you the difference. That last statement is very much meant as a compliment, with only his Like Red On A Rose (2006) album being much of a departure in his hard country sound. For his latest disc, Angels and Alcohol, Jackson raises his game somewhat with an album that you could definitely put in those iconic sets from the 1990s.
….” — Cmchatlive.com
“….After turning overtly traditional with The Bluegrass Album in 2013, Jackson has now made a record sure to attract accolades like “pure” and “classic.” But Angels And Alcohol never seems mired in the past. …” — NPR
“…In a lot of ways this album is a typical Alan Jackson album, but in the best sense. Quick and light in nature, Angels and Alcohol fits in with the half of his albums that are less than 40 minutes long…..” — Pop Matters
“…. Alan Jackson is taking his time these days, and Angels and Alcohol is a reflection of that patience and compassion. The 10 country stories are familiar — although a few snap back to surprise you — but the space he leaves between thoughts and guitar licks is unique….” — Taste of Country
Yes, the critics have weighed in and soon too will the country music fans. You can see Alan Jackson speaking about his new album, its title’s significance and more in the video below!
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