Drive

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The odd thing about Drive is that its centerpiece and its emotional fulcrum is a song that was likely one of the last recorded for the record. That song, of course, is "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," Alan Jackson's attempt to capture the hurt, pain, confusion, and overwhelming sadness caused by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The song works because Jackson keeps his sights simple as he conveys the bewilderment and sadness of the average American in the days after the attack, sketching the little things that people did to just get through the hours or how time just stopped cold. Given the enormity of the subject -- it's simply not something that can be summarized in song -- it's a surprisingly effective and moving tune, something that signals that Jackson is indeed in the forefront of the country singers of his time because it plays to his strengths: it's within the tradition of classic country and delivered simply, but with the vernacular and production of the modern day. And that's why even if it was a last-minute addition to the record, it fits so well into a typically strong collection of material from Jackson -- musically, it fits perfectly among these heartache ballads and mid-tempo honky tonkers, but it also gives it significant emotional weight. It, in effect, acts as the anchor for the rest of the album, lending songs that are very good genre pieces -- whether it's outside material like the excellent, poppy "A Little Bluer Than That" or original material -- extra weight. The great thing is that Drive doesn't really need it, since it's filled with top-notch songs, including the great George Strait duet "Designated Drinker" and "Drive," a tribute to his dad that's nearly as affecting in its own way as "Where Were You." This is not a total shock, since Jackson's track record is one of the strongest in '90s country, but nevertheless a record this solidly crafted and emotionally resonant is a welcome event all the same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078636703947
  • Catalog Number: 67039

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan 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 Credits
Vince 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    And The World Turned Upside Down

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alan Continues to Shine

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His best yet!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His VERY Best Yet

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Summing It Up

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A singer and role model in country music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Allen Jackson

    Good Cd. My Favorite song was ''Drive''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Alan Jackson'' Does It Again

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must have!

    One of Alan Jacksons best :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Country

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWARD WINNING STUFF!!!!!!

    ''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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alan's absolute best yet!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FABULOUS CD

    JUST PURCHASED AND LISTENED TO THIS CD. IT IS AN OUTSTANDING CD AS ONLY ALAN CAN DO. IT IS PURE COUNTRY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    alan jackson at his greatest

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Transcends country music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a CD!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alan Jackson Is Back....And He's Cool!

    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.

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