When Somebody Loves You

When Somebody Loves You

by Alan Jackson
     
 

On his marvelous self-portrait of a new album, Alan Jackson stands up for distinctly Southern common pleasures and plain folk. "Meat and Potato Man," whose casual two-step pace suits the artist's laid-back personality to a tee, offers praise for a host of simple pleasures -- of well-done steaks, Monday Night Football, ice-cold beer, hot women, and Merle Haggard songs.… See more details below

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On his marvelous self-portrait of a new album, Alan Jackson stands up for distinctly Southern common pleasures and plain folk. "Meat and Potato Man," whose casual two-step pace suits the artist's laid-back personality to a tee, offers praise for a host of simple pleasures -- of well-done steaks, Monday Night Football, ice-cold beer, hot women, and Merle Haggard songs. On a tough country-rocker, "Where I Come From," the Dixie native finds himself a fish out of water up north, besieged by Yanks who will never understand those aforementioned simple pleasures. Jackson also asserts his regional pride in a feisty honky-tonk rouser whose title says it all: "It's Alright to Be a Redneck." But the album isn't all good-old-boy swagger, since it also finds Jackson delivering some of the most heartfelt ballads of his career. The powerful title song is a tender, lilting vow of devotion; the flip side of that equation is "I Still Love You." And in "www.memory," this bastion of traditionalism takes on the Internet in summoning his loved one.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Before talking about what a fine country album When Somebody Loves You is, there's a disclaimer: If you're a woman, or somebody who wants a great deal of change or evolution in an artist's music, this set won't do much for you. Here are 13 songs about love and being a blue-collar guy who doesn't mind being a redneck, digs the old hillbilly sounds, and hates sushi. Alan Jackson's been at these anthems for an entire career. He's also had the same producer for the whole run. But there has been some change. The truth of the matter is, as close to the line as Jackson has kept his brand of country, it's actually become more so. There are less and less canned sounds on every record, whether it's on a killer love song like the title track with its Spanish guitar overtones that are reminiscent of Marty Robbins or the slamming honky tonk of "The Thrill Is Back" with the rawest sounding fiddle on a country record in a decade. And on the dumbly titled "WWW.Memory," Jackson gets down into a place where the sad lyric fits the tinkling of the upright piano (it's probably synthesized but doesn't feel like it). "Where I Come From" is another redneck anthem, but it rocks a little harder with a ZZ Top-styled guitar. The point is simple: If you like guitars, banjos, pedal steels, and songs about simple things -- "I Still Love You" is one of those songs and one of the best Jackson's ever recorded -- then When Somebody Loves You is your kind of record. This is trad honky tonk country in a country-pop age. Jackson gets a vote not only for holding on to the tradition but because he is able to articulate its heart in a heartless age. As long as Jackson, Montgomery Gentry, and George Strait are hanging in there on the male side of things, country music won't disappear into the ether of pop music schlock.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886973607121
catalogNumber:
736071
Rank:
12177

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Jackson   Primary Artist
Rhonda Vincent   Background Vocals
Gary Prim   Piano,Keyboards
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Jew's Harp
Keith Stegall   Piano
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass

Technical Credits

Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Gary Cotton   Composer
Alan Jackson   Composer
John Kelton   Engineer
John Pennell   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Bill Kenner   Composer
Robert Lee Castleman   Composer
Melanie Castleman   Composer
Anna Lisa Graham   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Dana Hunt   Composer

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