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Easy Does It
     

Easy Does It

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by Jake Owen
 

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Everything about Jake Owen is a testament to Nashville's image of an everyday all-American. He has an ordinary name, he's hunky but not threatening, he has facial hair as sculpted as his biceps, he has a warm, friendly voice that is as suited for sentiment as it is for hoisting a frosty bottle of American beer. There's not a thing that's surprising about Jake Owen,

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Everything about Jake Owen is a testament to Nashville's image of an everyday all-American. He has an ordinary name, he's hunky but not threatening, he has facial hair as sculpted as his biceps, he has a warm, friendly voice that is as suited for sentiment as it is for hoisting a frosty bottle of American beer. There's not a thing that's surprising about Jake Owen, either on his 2006 debut or this, his 2009 follow-up, that replicates the formula of his first to the letter, going so far as to offer a new version of "Eight Second Ride," presumably following the assumption that if it produced a modest success the first time around, things will get better the next time. Musically, that's pretty much true: Easy Does It gets the balance of sports bar anthems, radio ballads, and Sunday sentiment right, hitting every cliché perhaps a bit too on the nose but effectively nonetheless. Complaining that this is a bit too familiar is beside the point because this is music meant to be familiar, to fit into pre-carved niches for Friday nights and Monday mornings, and it works not because the songs are great -- at their best they're sturdy, at their worst they're workaday -- but because the production is clean and uncluttered, focused directly on Jake Owen's warm, welcoming voice. Owen doesn't really look like a guy next door -- he's too hunky by far -- but he does sound like the homecoming king from a small town, a guy comfortable with posing in the spotlight without looking like he's posing, and it's this easy charm that turns Easy Does It into an effective piece of country-pop product.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886973128725
catalogNumber:
731287

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jake Owen   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion,Musician
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals,Musician
Kenny Aronoff   Drums,Musician
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Musician
David Grissom   Electric Guitar,Musician
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Gordon Mote   Keyboards,Musician
Glenn Worf   Bass,Musician
Tim Lauer   Keyboards,Musician
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals,Musician
Skip Cleavinger   Bagpipes,Musician
Tania Hancheroff   Background Vocals,Musician
Jimmy Ritchey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Mark Hill   Bass,Musician

Technical Credits

Rhett Akins   Composer
Erik Hellerman   Engineer,overdub engineer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Jennifer Kemp   grooming
Scott McDaniel   Art Direction,Imaging
Jimmy Ritchey   Composer,Producer
Tammie Harris Cleek   Imaging
Jason Matthews   Composer
Jake Owen   Composer,Contributor
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Dave Turnbull   Composer
Travis Meadows   Composer
Mark Stephen Jones   Composer
Lori Genes   Publicity
Cassie McConnell   Publicity
Don Poythress   Composer

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Easy Does It 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jake is a little country with some blues mixed in. I like his smooth southern voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago