Jason Aldean - Relentless
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Relentless (Broken Bow, 2007)

Jason Aldean

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

Jason Aldean roars into his sophomore album with the rocking tale of rebelliousness, "Johnny Cash." Sure, the title's going to get attention, but the only connection with the legend is the music that's playing in the car. Aldean's first album had a rural pride theme, but half of these 12-songs appear to have a common thread of a man looking back at a failed relationship.

There's the 'question song' ballads, "Do You Wish It Was Me?" and "Who's Kissing You Tonight?" Then, "My Memory Ain't What It Used To Be" finds the singer forgetting why the relationship went wrong. Another ballad, "Back In This Cigarette" has the singer admitting that rekindling the romance would be "like trying to put smoke back in this cigarette."

Ironically, the best song - "Laughed Until We Cried," a sentimental song about good times with family and friends - is a ballad that fits outside the theme.

Aldean's able to show off his versatility with "I Break Everything I Touch," a Mellencamp-like song co-written by David Lee Murphy, and the southern rocker, "Not Every Man Lives."

CDs by Jason Aldean

9, 2019 Rearview Town, 2018 Old Boots, New Dirt, 2014 Night Train, 2012 My Kinda Party, 2010 Wide Open, 2009 Relentless, 2007 Jason Aldean, 2005

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