Good Time - Alan Jackson
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  • Summary: The 15th album was written entirely by the country singer from Georgia.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. It's an unusually rich, solidly traditional country record with 17 songs, all written by Jackson, a first in his 18-year recording career.
  2. Jackson composed all 17 tunes this time, and almost every cut is steeped in contentedness. [7 Mar 2008, p.93]
  3. It demonstrates that Jackson is as comfortable with the poppier side of country as he is with the harder stuff, and he can deliver it without seeming as if he's pandering, a feat that is almost as impressive as those generic detours he's taken in the past few years.
  4. At over 70 minutes, remarkably long for country music, Good Time has the relaxed tone of an album designed to let Jackson do a little bit of everything, to showcase why he’s a star.
  5. Good Time is old-school in the sense that he’s bypassed Nashville’s army of songwriters to pen all 17 songs himself, and modern in the sense that at least half of the 17 slide by your ears without making much of an impression.
  6. His finest songs are always his romantic ballads, and the best one here also sounds like the one he wrote the quickest.
  7. Jackson's songs don't seem uninflected so much as just plain skimpy, but their word-shy inertia suggests a sly detumescence that only the very successful can imagine, let alone turn to the service of their art.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. DanielC.
    May 9, 2008
    10
    Great album...!!!
  2. PhilZ.
    Mar 15, 2008
    10
    Breathtaking album : Alan is "back like in the good old times". Tremendous songs like "long long way" or "1976" : that's what I call Breathtaking album : Alan is "back like in the good old times". Tremendous songs like "long long way" or "1976" : that's what I call Country Music, man ! Expand
  3. WilliamB.
    Mar 9, 2008
    0
    Its time to retire.