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Drive

Alan Jackson Audio CD
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1. Drive (For Daddy Gene) - Alan Jackson
2. A Little Bluer Than That
3. Bring on the Night
4. Work in Progress
5. The Sounds
6. Designated Drinker
7. Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)
8. That'd be Alright
9. Once in a Lifetime Love
10. When Love Comes Around
11. I Slipped and Fell in Love
12. First Love
13. Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) (Live Performance From The 35th Annual CMA Awards) - Alan Jackson

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He sings straight, writes songs without a half dozen Music Row hacks pitching in their two cents and keeps the music basic. On Drive, Jackson mixes wistful visions with satire, sorrow and eloquence, using old cars ("Drive (For Daddy Gene)") to explore growing up and, on "Work In Progress", spoofing a woman obsessed with "improving" her man. As usual, he explores love's joy ("When Love Comes Around") and anguish ("The Sounds"). His flair for thoughtful, evocative expression reaches its zenith with his classic nine-11 commentary "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)", included in both the studio version and the song's live debut on the CMA Awards. Non-originals, including the Mark Irwin-Irene Kelley tune "A Little Bluer Than That", fit the album's tone. "Designated Drinker", a duet with George Strait, is a pleasant vocal event, though it's rendered mundane by the quality of the other material. Yet again, Jackson zaps Nashville's fallacy that any recipe for success requires generous helpings of dated pop and rock. --Rich Kienzle

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5.0 out of 5 stars a huge AJ fan July 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great CD! The songs that don't get the airplay, like "Bluer Than That" just floors me. They play the same ones to death!! Get the CD & hear the hidden gems on this one. Enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars new fan of country music June 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have never been a fan of country music, so when I received this cd as a gift, I assumed I would listen to it once and throw it in a pile with other so-so cds. I was mistaken. I loved this cd. Alan jackson has made me a fan of country. While others seem to really be into the 9/11 tribute song, I prefer the title song Drive and the song Bring on the Night. These songs make me want to get home on friday evenings and be with my family. This should be the TGIF album every radio station plays for hard-working folks headed home to people they love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of his best April 9 2004
By Peter Durward Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Throughout his career, Alan has delivered albums of a consistently high quality, firmly rooted in traditional country yet managing to appeal to a wider audience - even sometimes including people who can't stand the music. Of course, I love country music and Alan has been one of my favorites ever since his incredible debut album on the Arista label, Here in the real world. This album is certainly one of Alan's best.
The standout track here is, of course, Where were you were you when the world stopped turning, about the attacks on New York and the Pentagon. Alan captured the mood of America and many other countries with this song. Close inspection of the lyrics shows that it is really quite a clever song - it asks everybody where they were when it happened, acknowledges all the victims, fire fighters and others involved, places his faith in God and admits to ignorance of Iraq and Iran. In the immediate aftermath, that's just what Americans wanted to hear. The success of this song ensured the success of the album, but one great song, however brilliant, does not make a great album. Do not worry - the quality of the other songs ensures that greatness.
Other highlights include the title track (about a father teaching his son to drive), Work in progress (an amusing song about a man failing to live up to a woman's expectations but trying to), Desperate drinker (a duet with George Strait) and First love (about a car that was three years older than himself).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan does it yet again! Feb. 20 2004
By Ken
Format:Audio CD
I didn't buy my first Alan Jackson album until '99. However, I've always been impressed with his music. Alan became a superstar without straying very far from his country roots, and Drive is no exception. Drive features a lot of good, solid country music.
Alan's huge hit song "Where Were You(When The World Stopped Turning)", which he wrote shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, is the highlight of this record. Alan performed "Where Were You" live on the 2001 CMA Awards show, and this record includes both the studio version and the live version. In reference to the bombings, Alan sings, "Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke risin' against that blue sky/Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor/Or did you just sit down and cry?" I think these lines include the most vivid language anyone could use to describe people's reactions to the attacks. Alan also pays tribute to the firefighters and policemen who gave their lives trying to rescue survivors and offers these hopeful lines in the chorus: "I know Jesus and I talk to God/And I remember this from when I was young/Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us/And the greatest is love." When I first saw the video of "Where Were You" on Great American Country, I couldn't wait for the record to come out. Well, Drive has been out for quite a while now, and Alan has plenty of other good songs on this record in addition to "Where Were You". First off is the title song, Alan's moving tribute to his father, Gene. In "Drive", Alan sings about learning to drive his dad's boat and pickup truck and later teaching his daughters to drive his old Jeep.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great Jan. 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not the biggest country music fan, but I do like a lot of the work Alan Jackson has done. Until now that is. I'm surprised and disappointed he would capitalize on 9/11. Pretty shallow and disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Top Album Jan. 9 2004
By Gavin
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Alan's best work, every one of these songs is great you usually buy a cd and a few are ordinary but not this one its all good
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Country Music Fan Loves This CD Sept. 28 2003
By T. Long
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for "Where Were You". I love the whole album! I am not crazy about Alan's latest "Five O'Clock Somewhere" (I have umteen Jimmy Buffet CD's), but this album is filled with great songs. A song mixing a good story, touching melody, and meaningful lyrics gets an A+ from me and many on this album fit the bill. "Drive" kicks things off with a great tribute from a son to his dad with a catchy/upbeat tune and a great lyric. "A Little Bluer Than That" is probably your standard balad, but is a great follow up to set the tone for a very well balanced collection of songs. If you are new to country music like I am, this CD will make a great start to your collection. I have to add that "Where Were You" is the best song written about 9/11, and on it's own stands out as a great song with thoughtful and inspiring lyrics. If in doubt, Buy This CD!
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