Jason Aldean’s new album is ‘They Don’t Know.’ Critics are weighing in on this, the seventh album from the veteran country music superstar, his first since ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ of 2012. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
This new album arrives with much anticipation. The 39-year-old Jason Aldean, the current ACM Entertainer of the Year, has numerous hit singles to his name including with “She’s Country”, “Big Green Tractor”, “Dirt Road Anthem”, “Night Train”, “Burnin’ It Down”, and “Tonight Looks Good on You” just to name a few.
He divided the critics with his platinum-certified ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ album. His forays into the sounds and sensibilities of pop music garnered mixed reviews.
This time around, with ‘They Don’t Know’ he’s more firmly ensconced in country music traditions as he acknowledged in a recent interview. He said of it, “This album really does go back to what I do best.” Elaborating, he added, “When you go back and listen to the Wide Open album and My Kinda Party. . . It’s sort of the combination of those two albums. It’s just getting back to what we do.”
Anticipation has been building. He’s currently on a headlining tour — the Six String Circus Tour — that’s won both critical acclaim and the ongoing support of fans.
The lead single ‘Lights Come Out’ was released in April and has become yet another hit — the 17th No. 1 hit single of his career — topping the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and reaching No. 3 on the US Hot Country Songs chart and crossing over to reach No. 43 on the Hot 100.
In an interview with Rolling Stone said of it, “I really wanted to start this new album with one of those big up-tempos.” Elaborating, he added, “For it to click right away with fans and radio is a really cool way to start. With all the records we’ve done, we’ve been able to explore new sounds and really just do things our own way, and that’s sort of what the title track is all about.”
Now as the album arrives in full the critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
“….But with not much left of the hick-hop swagger and EDM effects that once livened his muscular arena-rock, Aldean thumps along too often with mere dutiful competence…..” –Rolling Stone
“….Aldean’s wheelhouse, though, has drifted over the years to traditional country. And it’s a pure pleasure to hear him hammer out of the park these well-crafted stories of near-relationships and workin’-for-the-weekend folks. ….” –Newsday
“….The Georgia native has found a familiar throughway that he rumbles along in his seventh studio album with electricity-fueled rock ‘n’ roll that travels through backwoods lyrical allusions to relationships, loving, lost and rekindled….” –Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel
“…..They Don’t Know exemplifies Aldean’s ability to rock an arena with guitar-driven, up-tempo songs while at the same time leaves a lasting mark with heartfelt ballads about love, loss and one’s hometown. It’s an album that returns to his roots but also charges forward the only way Aldean knows how: by laying it all on the line for the listener……” –Sounds Like Nashville
Check back for more reviews as they arrive. And in the meantime, be sure to check out Jason Aldean’s ‘They Don’t Know’ album cover art and music videos below!