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  • Summary: The multi-award-winning country singer-songwriter releases his latest album, which includes a duet with Lee Ann Womack on the cover of Vern Gosdin's "Til The End."
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Solid outing from country veteran.
  5. 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.
  6. The magic in his stoicism is gone too: Freight Train is filled with songs that are mature but not wise.
  7. 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.

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