Freight Train

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Freight Train, Alan Jackson's 16th album, has none of the momentum of a locomotive but all of the reassuring sturdiness of a hulking piece of steel: this is music built for distance, not speed. Appropriately, not much on Freight Train moves all that fast -- there is a bit of a skipping gait to the title track -- and nothing hits that hard; it all rolls along comfortably, never pushing at the edges of Jackson's comfort zone. More than ever, the singer sounds like part of the old guard, willfully ignoring anything modern or rocking, preferring to sing swaying ballads and pay tribute to Vern Gosdin via a cover of "Till the End." As relaxed as this is, Jackson isn't...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Freight Train, Alan Jackson's 16th album, has none of the momentum of a locomotive but all of the reassuring sturdiness of a hulking piece of steel: this is music built for distance, not speed. Appropriately, not much on Freight Train moves all that fast -- there is a bit of a skipping gait to the title track -- and nothing hits that hard; it all rolls along comfortably, never pushing at the edges of Jackson's comfort zone. More than ever, the singer sounds like part of the old guard, willfully ignoring anything modern or rocking, preferring to sing swaying ballads and pay tribute to Vern Gosdin via a cover of "Till the End." As relaxed as this is, Jackson isn't necessarily coasting -- he wrote the lion's share of the 12 songs here, choosing his four covers wisely -- but his touch is so relaxed it sometimes it feels as if he is. Certainly, there's a fair share of charm to Jackson's cozy confidence, but Freight Train doesn't offer a sustained romantic mood along the lines of 2006's understated gem Like Red on a Rose. Instead, it's the sound of a major star gently easing away from the spotlight, deciding that he's so comfortable in his old clothes that there's no reason to try something new.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886976256029
  • Catalog Number: 762560
  • Sales rank: 14,711

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Jackson Primary Artist
Rhonda Vincent Background Vocals
Gary Prim Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Eddie Bayers Drums
Jimmy Carter Bass
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano, Wurlitzer
Bruce Watkins Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Glenn Worf Bass
John Wesley Background Vocals
Andy Leftwich Fiddle
Greenwood Hart Acoustic Guitar
Ryles Vincent Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Jackson Composer
John Kelton Engineer
Kyle Lehning Engineer
Roger Murrah Composer
Keith Stegall Composer
Fred Eaglesmith Composer
Trish Townsend grooming
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Howard Kaufman Management
Vicky McGehee Composer
Jay Knowles Composer
Matt Rovey Engineer
Adam Wright Composer
Craig Fruin Management
Hank Williams Mastering
Judy Forde-Blair Liner Notes, Creative Producer
Cathy Gosdin Composer
Kylie Sackley Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Alan Jackson just keeps the good music coming!

    Alan Jackson shows his usual great singer/songwriter talents on this CD. I love his music going back to his first album (vinyl)! I recommend this to anyone who loves great country music!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Barnes and Noble is so efficient in online orders! I ordered it one day and it arrived the next!

    B&N service is wonderful and to get such a great CD as Alan Jackson so quickly was a real treat. He has a wonderful voice, a favorite of mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What an album!

    This is what TRUE country music is all about. No gimmicks, no hollywood tricks....Pure Country music. Great to hear the steel guitar again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Another winner!

    If you like Alan Jackson, you will love this latest release. If you don't then leave it for those of us that do. Every song has a great beat, singalong ability is outstanding, typical of Alan's work. He covers the young, the middle aged and the older folks with class that is PURE ALAN!! I waited for a long time for this album, it was worth the wait!

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