Unlike Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson has never had trouble staying within the boundaries of traditional country music. His baritone twang is so authentic that when he sings about settling for a "burger and a grape snowcone," you believe him. This album, Jackson's third, is a seamless collection of tunes which sometimes are lacking a little in substance, but are always entertaining.
A lot of the songs Jackson writes deal with classic country themes. The opening footstomper "Chattahoochie" is a fond look at growing up in the south, while the heart-rending ballad "Tonight I Climb The Walls" evokes memories of vintage George Jones. The lilting island flavor of "Tropical Depression" adds a nice change of pace.
Jackson co-wrote fewer songs than usual (only seven this time around). The other three are among the lighter tunes on the album and provide some balance. "I Don't Need The Booze (To Get A Buzz On)" is an anti-drinking song while "She Likes It Too" was written by two former Jackson collaborators who effectively capture some of his loves (motorcycles, long hair, country music) and make it instantly identifiable with the man. The closer, "Mercury Blues," added some life to the tired car genre has gone on to become a Jackson fan favorite.