Driveby Alan Jackson
Sounding thoroughly modern and thoroughly traditional all at once, the ever-reliable Alan Jackson comes down on the side of introspection and sensitivity on Drive. Which is not to suggest there’s neither wit nor rambunctiousness to be found on the 13 tracks here. George Strait sits in for an old-time drowning-my-sorrows testimonial on "Designated Drinker"; the/i>… See more details below
Sounding thoroughly modern and thoroughly traditional all at once, the ever-reliable Alan Jackson comes down on the side of introspection and sensitivity on Drive. Which is not to suggest there’s neither wit nor rambunctiousness to be found on the 13 tracks here. George Strait sits in for an old-time drowning-my-sorrows testimonial on "Designated Drinker"; the celebratory "That’d Be Alright" uses a merry Tex-Mex-flavored arrangement to fuel its utopian sentiments; and "Work in Progress" displays Jackson’s self-effacing humor in a swinging little ditty concerning his wife’s hopeless attempts to bring some sophistication to his lifestyle ("I know you meant well when you gave me those clogs/But my heels sure get hot down by the muffler on my hog"). But Drive belongs to its quieter moments; and in those moments the album becomes more than a collection of good songs. The title song is a beautifully realized homage to the rites of generational bonding. "A Little Bluer than That" tells a tale of epic heartbreak, complete with a moaning fiddle and pedal steel lines, a twangy guitar solo, and an eye-opening, bluer-than-blue vocal turn by co-writer Irene Kelly. Jackson’s own "Once in a Lifetime Love" heads for George Strait territory with its dreamy melody, cushy pedal steel lines, and lyrics centered on leaping fearlessly into real love when it comes along. With strong numbers such as these, Drive's most prominent song, the hit single inspired by the events of 9/11, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," takes on real grandeur, the simplicity and equanimity of its lyrics being a bromide to the jingoism, militarism, and hysteria loose in the country. Counseling reliance on "faith, hope and love" in a changed world, Jackson sounds like he knows whereof he speaks. Considering the alternatives, it’s not a bad plan.
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- Drive (For Daddy Gene)
- A Little Bluer Than That
- Bring on the Night
- Work in Progress
- The Sounds
- Designated Drinker
- Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)
- That'd Be Alright
- Once in a Lifetime Love
- When Love Comes Around
- I Slipped and Fell in Love
- First Love
- Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) [Live Performance F [Li
Performance CreditsAlan Jackson Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
George Strait Track Performer
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
David Angell String Machine
Eddie Bayers Drums
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle,Mandolin
Robbie Flint Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Danny Groah Guitar
Jim Hoke Harmonica
Irene Kelley Background Vocals
John Kelton Bass
Bob Mason String Machine
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Matthew McCauley Conductor
Mark McClurg Fiddle
Gordon Mote Piano,Keyboards
Dave Pomeroy Bass
Bruce Rutherford Drums
Tom Rutledge Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Watkins Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Bergen White Conductor
Roger Willis Bass
Glenn Worf Bass
Monty Parkey Piano
Tony Stephens Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Technical CreditsVince Gill Introduction
Gary Gray Engineer
Chad Hailey Engineer
Alan Jackson Composer
John Kelton Engineer
Matthew McCauley String Arrangements
Elliot Scheiner Audio Production
Keith Stegall Producer
Stan Dacus Engineer
Melanie Shelley Groomer
Michael R. Herrington Art Direction
Hank Williams Mastering
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Alan Jackson has delivered another monster Country album that includes great songs about real Americans. Favorite songs include -- of course -- his ''Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning'' about September 11th. But this CD is deeper than even that indicates. ''Work In Progress'' is also worth the price of the CD. The duet with George Strait, ''Designated Drinker'' is good work, too. Overall, if you are a Country Music Fan and you want to know what is happening in today's Country music, this is the CD update.
just brought his new cd and it was great. every song was great. the title song DRIVE was something else. if you havent brought this, go now. i love ot so much that i brought a cassate for the car.
JUST PURCHASED AND LISTENED TO THIS CD. IT IS AN OUTSTANDING CD AS ONLY ALAN CAN DO. IT IS PURE COUNTRY.
Drive, Designated Drinker, Where were you (When the World Stopped Turnin), and The Sounds don't require you to be a country music fan, but just to be a human being with feelings to relate. These songs will be sang 100 years from now and have the same meanings to all of us.
I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this CD. It was pushed up because of the success of Where Were You when the world stopped turning. That song alone makes this a worthwhile investment. But then you hear Drive, for daddy Gene, and it can't help but bring back memories from anyone's childhood. And First Love has you thinking he's talking about his wife, Denise. There is so much true Alan in this album, and there are so many hours of good listening. I can't wait to see him at his next concert.
''Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning'', still gets to me everytime I hear it.I think it deserves to be Song Of The Year at next years' music awards. ''Designated Drinker'',duet with George Strait ,is also a GREAT song. If you haven't bought this CD yet, GO AND GET IT!!!!!
Although I've been an Alan Jackson fan for years, this is the first CD I've purchased. Every song, is wonderful, especially Drive and Once in a Lifetime Love.
This is some great music....the writing and performances are superb! The title song just about brings tears to my eyes reminding me of when my PaPa tought me to drive a standard in his old pickup out in the fields...... Way to go Alan...
I have been an Alan Jackson fan ever since he came out. I have every one of his Cd's and once again he has made another wonderful one called ''Drive''. Go out and get if you haven't already, listen to it and you'll see what I mean. For those who already have it, you know what I mean. Way to go Alan. Another #1 CD.
One of Alan Jacksons best :)
Good Cd. My Favorite song was ''Drive''
Jackson's ''Where Were You When (the World Stopped Turning)'', sums up the way most Americans felt and reacted after the 11th. It is an amazing song, and every time I hear it my eyes tear, and I see the pictures of the towers in my mind as clearly as I did that day.
I enjoy singing the songs to this great album. Alan Jackson has demonstrated his craftmanship as a singer and songwriter. He has a beautiful voice to sing great songs. I am happy there is someone like him to bring happiness to my life.
I adore Alan Jackson and this CD is my all-time favorite. I love the song with George Strait - I love the whole CD, especially with the bonus track live from the CMA's. Go AJ!
I'm a big fan of Alan Jackson and always will be. This is easliy his best yet. This is a must have for any country fan!
When you listen to the words of Alan Jackson songs, you forget that he is a superstar. His language, rhymes & melodies remind us that he is a good ole' country boy at heart. I was touch by the song dedicated to his dad as it reminded me how excited I became when Daddy let "me" drive. This is one of those CD's you put in the player and hit repeat.
This wistful song of wishful thinking compares to the old Scottish tune WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN said to have been played the day America was born famous for all its fabulous IFs