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  • Audio CD (Jan. 22 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005UP4E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Both nostalgic and sentimental, Allan tackles fatherhood, driving lessons and the attacks on the World Trade Center with this 2002 release.


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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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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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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This is my first Alan Jackson CD, "Drive" was purchased by myself after learning that "Where Were You" would be on it and that was one of the reasons I bought it and with alot of country albums I have bought it the past, I stop listening to them after a while, but with "Drive", it is different, I thought after "Where Were You"(one of 2002's best songs), that I wouldn't listen to this Cd much after that, but to my overwhelming suprise I am still listening to it and can honestly say there is not a bad song on this album. The title song and second release "Drive" is well told, about fathers and sons and Alan's relationship with his father, and the wisecracking third release "Work In Progress", which just worked it way into the country Top 10. And there are so many more terrific songs on this album, like "I Slipped And Fell In Love", "That'd Be Alright" and "Designated Drunker"(which he shares dueting credit with George Strait), that is just a few songs but the hole collection is great. This CD was the first new release of 2002 that I bought and I feel it is one of the best of 2002, and as for country albums I feel that it is my personal favorite country album since "Come On Over"(Shania Twain in 1997), and that is saying alot because that album is one of my favorite of my whole collection and "Drive" from Alan Jackson comes very very close to being one of my all time favorites of my collection, and it should be it everyone's collection. This album recieves an A+ and I don't give many of them out, the album is just that good and more. We need more albums like this especially in the country field. Keep on drivin' Alan!
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