• Record Label: Arista
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2010

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The magic in his stoicism is gone too: Freight Train is filled with songs that are mature but not wise.
  2. As an Alan Jackson album, Freight Train is so consistently likable that it makes me imagine that he might keep getting better over time, as well.
  3. This isn’t as consistently deeply moving nor as stylistically outside-the-box as his Alison Krauss-produced 2006 collection “Like Red On a Rose,” just down-the-middle country by one of the most dependably rewarding artists that genre has to offer.
  4. Buoyantly produced, it finds the singer leaning a little too comfortably on the conversational Georgia drawl of his baritone, and the writer coming up a little shy on the sort of detail and wordplay that lifts a cliche.
  5. Although the style vs. substance debate has been raging for more than 50 years along Nashville's Music Row, there's no mystery about which side Alan Jackson falls on.
  6. Uncut
    It's far from hip, but unfairly dimissed. [Jun 2010, p.91]
  7. 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.
  8. Solid outing from country veteran.
  9. The results float comfortably in the haze of Jackson's 20 year career. If you hate surprises, he's your guy.
  10. There isn’t anything revelatory or strikingly different here--just the solid, precise craftsmanship of an artist now deep into his career.

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