Album review: JASON ALDEAN – 9


BMG [Release date 22.11.19]

Jason Aldean is the reigning Academy of Country Music ‘Artist of the Decade’ and has scored 23 Number One Country singles. He’s also the only country act in history to top the Billboard 200 album chart four times, racking up 14.4 billion streams and more than 18 million albums sold.

Jason Aldean’s style of country owes more to a rock grounding, with the guitars set more to the crunch end rather than a typical country twang. The songs, written by a host of songwriters, cover drinking, hometown life, drinking,  and err a little more on drinking.

His vocals change to suit the mood, be it reflecting on an ex (‘Tattoos And Tequila) or a good old country twang (‘Came Here To Drink’). Nice little bit of southern rock on ‘We Back’ (got to love any song that namechecks the Marshall Tucker Band and AC/DC). Good mix of styles throughout the album including rock, traditional country and even a little indie pop.

With sixteen songs you certainly get value for your money, something Jason Aldean was keen to do.

‘9’ is his ninth album to date and one that is set to keep his album sales growing. Modern country with a healthy dose of rock, this one comes recommended. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

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