Jackson Alan - Freight Train (CD)
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- Contemporary Country
- Copy Control
- Number of Items
- Freight Train
- Country of Origin
- USA / Canada
- Sony Music Distribution (
- Mono / Stereo
Entertainment Weekly (p.75) - "[T]he results float comfortably in the haze of Jackson's 20-year career."
Billboard - "Jackson combines genuine emotion with a clever twist on 'Tail Lights Blue.'"
Uncut (magazine) (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "He's uncontroversial and reliable, singing mostly about love, and loss."
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Hard Hat And A Hammer
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Big Green Eyes
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] True Love Is A Golden Ring
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Best Keeps Getting Better, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Every Now And Then
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] After 17
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] It's Just That Way
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Freight Train
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Taillights Blue
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I Could Get Used To This Lovin' Thing
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Till The End - (featuring Lee Ann Womack)
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] That's Where I Belong
- Release Date
- 1 May 2012
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Hard Hat and a Hammer
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Every Now and Then
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] After 17
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] It's Just That Way
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Freight Train
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Taillights Blue
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I Could Get Used to This Lovin' Thing
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Till the End - (featuring Lee Ann Womack)
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] That's Where I Belong
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Big Green Eyes
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] True Love Is a Golden Ring
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Best Keeps Getting Better, The
Personnel: Brent Mason (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bruce Watkins (acoustic guitar, banjo); Greenwood Hart (acoustic guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Andy Leftwich (fiddle); Gary Prim (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Eddie Bayers (drums); Ryles Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, John Wesley (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: John Kelton.
Liner Note Author: Judy Forde-Blair.
Recording information: The Castle, Franklin, TN; The Sound Station, Nashville, TN; Wedgewood Sound, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Russ Harrington; Timothy Monnig.
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
- Date Released
- 2012-05-01 00:00:00
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
- Alan Jackson
- 43m 30s
- Matt Rovey; John Kelton
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