Jason Aldean
Old Boots, New Dirt


2.0
poor

Review

by Shamus248 USER (74 Reviews)
August 4th, 2015 | 25 replies


Release Date: 10/07/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A pop overtone mixed with typical lyrics result in Jason Aldean's worst album thus far.

Jason Aldean has gone and done it. He has truly joined that pantheon of "country" acts who abandon a traditional country sound in favor of a more popular and mainstream overtone as a means of staying relevant. There's never a problem with incorporating other genres and influences, as long as the artist stays true to their own established sound. By that standard, other styles are welcome. It's when artists like Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line started bailing on the actual genre in favor of mainstream pop. It doesn't take rocket science to see country music is not the enjoyable and impervious genre it once was. With Jason Aldean's sixth full-length studio album, "Old Boots, New Dirt", he really has branched into new territory, for better and definitely for worse.

Where Aldean's respective 2010 and 2012 efforts "My Kinda Party" and "Night Train" succeeded, this record fails. "Night Train" had its share of cringe-worthy tracks. This album, however, capitalizes on that and now Aldean has multiple cringe-worthy songs next to his name. There are strong points on this record and they deserve to be taken into consideration. Opening track "Just Gettin' Started", while a bit clichéd in nature, shows that Aldean does in fact have a solid singing voice. "Show You Off", lyrically has been a bit re-hashed over the years. Upon listening, the song provoked the thought of Rascal Flatts' 2002 single "Love You Out Loud." Aldean sings of wanting to show his lover off and showing just how lucky he is. These themes are genuine and relatable, there's no doubt in that. It's when these themes get recycled and beaten like a dead horse, that the flair and interest starts to go away.

Aside from the tracks that open the album, both of which are enjoyable enough, then we get to the other side of the spectrum, and that's where Aldean starts to really plunge this record into the ground. "Burnin' It Down" is just downright awful and arguably the worst song to Aldean's merit. His vocals are terrible and at their worst, and this pop overtone completely prevents it from attaining the musical dignity it could have garnered for itself. "Tonight Looks Good On You plays like a track that's going to make a splash on country radio, which it did. Though it's just another radio-friendly track that provokes the thought of a significant other.

The album in general greatly suffers from its mainstream nature and inconsistency. Truly a shame. Aldean has a chance to right the ship next time around. But until then, we're stuck with nothing but the shattered remnants of his once unique sound.



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Cygnatti
August 4th 2015


32759 Comments


i should probs jam this so i can familiarize myself with bro-country bc rym may posssibly be adding it to their genre queue

Shamus248
August 4th 2015


415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah it's best to listen to it before you dismiss it. listen to his earlier work, you'll see the difference...there's no comparison.

Digging: Maren Morris - Girl

WatchItExplode
August 4th 2015


6426 Comments


Modern Country is not a genre that exists, it is all just pop songs with a drawl.

Cygnatti
August 4th 2015


32759 Comments


modern country = "contemporary country"
poppier than normal country

Havey
August 4th 2015


10244 Comments


one of the greats

Cygnatti
August 4th 2015


32759 Comments


oh this guy passed my area recently... hmm

TheSonomaDude
August 4th 2015


6748 Comments


Yah let's get some country on this here sputnik

NLD
August 5th 2015


589 Comments


Glad to see someone reviewing recent country seriously here. It does seem like for a lot of the review you bag on him for being mainstream though and don't really explain how that makes the music sound bad. Good review though, just thought I'd mention the that.

Shamus248
August 5th 2015


415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks!

Nymris11
February 16th 2016


4 Comments


Meme music

CaliggyJack
May 21st 2016


2752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

aoty

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


18541 Comments


Jason has been an intellectual ever since he broke out into the scene back in 2005, and his method of utilizing the bro-country frame into a deeper musical endeavor is visionary stuff. Jason is a thinking man and makes music for thinking people, it seriously makes you think.

Digging: Godley and Creme - L

Havey
December 1st 2017


10244 Comments


is the doof verdict in?

Cygnatti
December 1st 2017


32759 Comments


r y'all respectin' our boys in blue itt?

Cygnatti
December 1st 2017


32759 Comments


god bless borther - HH

DoofusWainwright
December 1st 2017


19991 Comments


Can someone please point me towards the most quality indicative 40 seconds of music on this release so I can speed rate this album with my characteristic accuracy and also keep a clear conscience

Cygnatti
December 1st 2017


32759 Comments


I recommend the live version of his classic song dirt road anthem, featuring Ludacris.

DoofusWainwright
December 1st 2017


19991 Comments


Just realised has thicker neck than face will skip

Cygnatti
December 1st 2017


32759 Comments


doof fat shaming in 2018, what a time to be alive. smdh

DoofusWainwright
December 1st 2017


19991 Comments


He’s not fat

Such a cavernous, broad torso - it’ll apply to much reverb to his vox, a shame as this had much potential no doubt



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