Alan Jackson is one of the most consistent superstars in any genre, and in every facet of his enormous talent; as a songwriter always turning out melodies and lyrics of fine quality, sung so well in his relaxed warm baritone, and along with his extraordinary band, giving us nothing but brilliant musicianship.
"What I do" is what he does so perfectly: A blend of lilting ballads of the love-lost variety, up-tempo numbers with a nice slice of humor ("The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" is hilarious), and with a blazing track to show off the immense virtuosity of the musicians, "Burnin' the Honkey Tonks Down" will knock your socks off. Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano) are among those that back Jackson in this CD, with the exception of the final track, which was recorded live at the 2004 Flameworthy Awards in Nashville, and has a different line-up, which includes guitarist Tom Rutledge.
The singles from this CD are "Too Much of a Good Thing" and "Monday Morning Church" (the lovely Patty Loveless sings harmony on the latter), but there isn't a song on this CD that isn't hit-worthy...it is excellence through and through.
Jackson wrote five of the twelve songs (tracks # 1, # 2, # 3, # 5, and # 6), and "Rainy Day in June", a delicate and sad love song, is a favorite...though it's hard to pick favorites in this album.
The sound is crystal clear, the booklet insert contains recording info and all the lyrics, and total playing time is 44'48.