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Freight Train (2010)

Artist: Alan Jackson
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Format: CD
Sku: 214438589
UPC: 886976256029
UPC 14: 00886976256029
Release Date: 3/30/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Hard Hat and a Hammer ~ Alan Jackson
2. Every Now and Then ~ Alan Jackson
3. After 17 ~ Alan Jackson
4. It's Just That Way ~ Alan Jackson
5. Freight Train ~ Alan Jackson
6. Taillights Blue ~ Alan Jackson
7. I Could Get Used To This Lovin' Thing ~ Alan Jackson
8. Till the End - (featuring Lee Ann Womack) ~ Alan Jackson
9. That's Where I Belong ~ Alan Jackson
10. Big Green Eyes ~ Alan Jackson
11. True Love is a Golden Ring ~ Alan Jackson
12. Best Keeps Getting Better, The ~ Alan Jackson
 
Jackson's 18th album (including two hits collections), Freight Train was produced by longtime collaborator Keith Stegall and features 12 songs, one of which is Jackson's hot new single, the Stegall co-write, "It’s Just That Way." The single is already on the express track to the top of the country airplay charts, with Music Row Magazine praising, "Alan has seldom sounded warmer than he does on this lovely ballad."

Eight of the album's dozen tracks bear Jackson's songwriting credit, including one he penned with Roger Murrah, with whom he wrote one of his biggest hits, "Don’t Rock the Jukebox." In a moving tribute to the legendary Vern Gosdin, who passed away last year and for whom Jackson has long expressed admiration, Jackson enlisted Lee Ann Womack to record "Till the End," Gosdin’s 1977 classic duet with Janie Fricke.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Brent Mason (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bruce Watkins (acoustic guitar, banjo); Greenwood Hart (acoustic guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Andy Leftwich (fiddle); Gary Prim (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Eddie Bayers (drums); Ryles Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, John Wesley (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: John Kelton.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Judy Forde-Blair.
Muze PNote Recording information: The Castle, Franklin, TN; The Sound Station, Nashville, TN; Wedgewood Sound, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Photographers: Russ Harrington; Timothy Monnig.
Muze PNote Freight Train, Alan Jackson's 16th album, has none of the momentum of a locomotive but all of the reassuring sturdiness of a hulking piece of steel: this is music built for distance, not speed. Appropriately, not much on Freight Train moves all that fast -- there is a bit of a skipping gait to the title track -- and nothing hits that hard; it all rolls along comfortably, never pushing at the edges of Jackson's comfort zone. More than ever, the singer sounds like part of the old guard, willfully ignoring anything modern or rocking, preferring to sing swaying ballads and pay tribute to Vern Gosdin via a cover of "Till the End." As relaxed as this is, Jackson isn't necessarily coasting -- he wrote the lion's share of the 12 songs here, choosing his four covers wisely -- but his touch is so relaxed it sometimes it feels as if he is. Certainly, there's a fair share of charm to Jackson's cozy confidence, but Freight Train doesn't offer a sustained romantic mood along the lines of 2006's understated gem Like Red on a Rose. Instead, it's the sound of a major star gently easing away from the spotlight, deciding that he's so comfortable in his old clothes that there's no reason to try something new. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Engineer: Matt Rovey; John Kelton

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Lee Ann Womack

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/29/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697625602
Music Label Name Label : Arista
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886976256029

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.75)
- "[T]he results float comfortably in the haze of Jackson's 20-year career."

Billboard - "Jackson combines genuine emotion with a clever twist on 'Tail Lights Blue.'"

Uncut (magazine)
(p.91)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "He's uncontroversial and reliable, singing mostly about love, and loss."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Jackson,Alan
Product attributeLabel:   Arista Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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