Alan Jackson - Songs of Love and Heartache
By: Matt Bjorke
What makes Songs of Love and Heartache different from other Alan Jackson best-ofs? While not 100% easy to quantify, there is something different about this album. For one thing, the album is full of songs from both “Greatest Hits” eras, for another there all songs that are about what the album title says they are, there aren’t any songs like “I Still Like Bologna” or “I Don’t Even Know Her Name” on it, instead what we have are classic tracks like “Here in the Real World,” “She’s Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues,” “Gone Crazy” and “Remember When,” which still is, for my money, one of this decade’s best songs and quite possibly is Alan Jackson’s finest hour as both a singer and songwriter (I know people will say “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” is but that one is probably a close second for me.
The two new tracks on this record, “That’s What I’d Be Like Without You” is a soft, fiddle and steel filled romantic song about chock full of analogies of how Alan’s life would be without that woman in his life while “Nothing Sure Looked Good On You” is just the opposite in terms of the lyrical content while the Floyd Cramer like piano based melody services Alan’s voice just fine. Songs of Love and Heartache is a nice collection of strong country songs. They aren’t pop, they aren’t rock, they are country and this is music to traditional country music fans as album shows us that Alan Jackson remains one of the best country singers recording today.
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