After releasing his first album in 2005, Jason Aldean has become a country music icon. Now on his fourth record, he has proved that he deserves all his accomplishments. With 16 singles and a long line of awards garnered, Jason Aldean has, with this new album, turned himself into more than a leading country artist; he has turned himself into an outstanding artist in all aspects.
Even with a slightly repetitive list of songs, “Night Train” is a CD that all classic country fans will be into and even those that do not enjoy country may actually find themselves enjoying the more modern sounding songs, such as “The Only Way I Know,” which features modern country singers, Luke Bryan and Eric Church. The album moves along pretty well, the songs correlate with classic Aldean and all together work well with each other.
“Take A Little Ride,” “The Only Way I Know,” “Black Tears,” “Talk” and “I Don’t Do Lonely Well,” make up the best and the worst of the album’s songs.
Truly bad songs on “Night Train” are few and far between. The album lends its greatness to the fact that it is a country album. So to some it will not be liked, but anyone who takes it for what it is will find that, for country, the album is good. However, the songs chosen lacked in certain areas. “Talk” is one of these songs. The problem with “Talk” is the fact that there is a lot going on. This revolves around the three things that mash-up to make the song. These problems are the weird, gospel-sounding background singing, mashed oddly with Aldean’s voice and mashed terribly with the instrumental, which sounds like a different song all together. A second song, “I Don’t Do Lonely Well,” also does not do “Night Train” justice. The problem with “I Don’t Do Lonely Well,” is the fact that it falls way too far into the dog-dying, truck-driving, clichés of old country music. This form of country is dead. Country artists should still feel free to take from this classic country music, but not so much that it becomes a bad joke.
The good songs on “Night Train” are good not only in country terms, but also in an all-encompassing way. The first song that deserves recognition is “Take A Little Ride.” With “Take A Little Ride,” Aldean reminds listeners that he can compete with the rock-sounding country music of modern artists. Along with “Take a Little Ride,” “The Only Way I Know,” is the kind of song that reaches not just country fans, but all sorts of music lovers everywhere. There’s also “Black Tears,” which is a song that you can feel the emotion in. It is genuinely sad, and genuinely good. This is the kind of song that shows a more ballad form of country, the type of song that people will listen to when they are sad.
“Night Train” is good, not just for country lovers, but for anyone who listens to music. There should be at least one song that people can listen to; even if some songs are a little too old-time or repetitive. Definitely a solid 4/5.