Jason Aldean ‘Night Train’ – CD Review [VIDEO]
Jason Aldean doesn’t seem to be missing a beat in his music career. Each of his first four CD’s have made the top 10 on the country music album charts, with two peaking at #1. His last ten single releases have reached either #1 or #2 on the U.S. country singles chart. The latest #1, ‘Take A Little Ride’ comes off his 5th CD, ‘Night Train’, so one can only expect that Aldean’s success and accolades will continue to mount.
‘Night Train’ is an album that Jason Aldean takes pride in for at least a couple of reasons. First, it’s his band you’re hearing on this CD. Not studio musicians, but the guys who he trusts to play the 30,000 seat stadiums night after night. Second, Aldean had this album finished, but wasn’t hearing what he wanted with the finished product. So he went back into the studio, cut about four new songs, and reworked ‘Night Train’ until he was completely satisfied with the whole record. You have to give him credit for putting forth the extra effort.
‘This Nothin’ Town’, ‘When She Says Baby’, and Feel That Again’ are the first three songs on ‘Night Train’, and all three will fit perfectly on country radio, and in the top 5 of the country charts. ‘Take A Little Ride’ is already a proven commodity. ‘Talk’ is another big hit waiting to be released.
The highlight of Aldean’s new CD is clearly ‘The Only Way I Know’, featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church. It’s a great song that will likely be nominated for a CMA for ‘Musical Event of the Year’ next year. All three of these guys, Luke, Eric and Jason, show off the fact that they know how to have a good time.
Fans of his music – and there are plenty fans out there – should take to ‘Night Train’ rather easily. Since Jason proved to the world that he’s got great vocal skills on the ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ duet with Kelly Clarkson, he has gradually come out of his shell and shown he is a talented singer. I think he shows a little more of that off on ‘Night Train’.
If you’re Jason Aldean, there are two ways to look at your music. The first is, with all you’ve accomplished, you’ve earned creative license and can push the limits of your music. The second approach is, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. With ‘Night Train’, it appears Jason has chosen the latter. The songs are familiar, the subject matter is true to form, and there’s no mistaking this album for anything but a Jason Aldean album.
He’s right. There’s no reason to change up a formula that has created such a huge following, won awards, and packed stadiums for more than five straight years.
Here’s the video for the first single off ‘Night Train’, ‘Take a Little Ride’: