Jason Aldean ‘Macon’ Album Review

Country superstar Jason Aldean released his 10th studio album on Friday, November 12. This LP titled Macon is inspired by Aldean’s growing up in the Georgia town, and how his hometown made him who he is today.

A 10th album is a feat for the greatest of artists. Aldean, who won Artist of the Decade at the 2019 ACM Awards, is up there with the best of the best. Electric tours and performances combined with 26 no. 1 songs have made him a fan favorite. His latest no. 1 song “If I Didn’t Love You” feat. Carrie Underwood is currently in its second week at the top. The two stars performed their hit at the CMA Awards earlier this week.

Macon begins with a catchy track that should be a contender as the next single. “After You,” tells what it’s like after a breakup and thinking there is nothing left to look forward to. “and now I’m burning down this whole in a wall, and I’m just trying to make sense of it all, looking for answers on this old barstool, just trying to figure out life after love, after leaving, after too much drinking after you.”

Sonically, this album stays true to the rock-infused country Aldean’s fans have come to crave.  “Over You Again” carries that sound, while also having a fresh look. “But if you think I’m looking at you, I’m looking past you, cause if I don’t I’m gonna have to, get drunk tonight.” This record also contains live recordings of some of Aldean’s beloved hits like “Amarillo Sky” and “My Kinda Party.” Provided with a little commentary, Aldean gives listeners a sense of what it’s like to be at his shows.

Aldean gives his fans a taste of where he comes from with the track “Small Town Small.” “Here’s to y’all keeping small town small,” sings Aldean with ferocity. The song is a tribute to who Aldean believes is the heart of America. “This Bar Don’t Work Anymore” also brings that same feeling Aldean wanted to convey with Macon. He brings back those treasured country song messages that show heartbreak, and barstools. “It should be easy to do what I came here for, but the second you walk through the door, this bar don’t work anymore.” The opening guitar riff strikes right to the core, a feeling Aldean wants everyone to have while listening to this record.

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