Considering that Jason Aldean is one of the most successful American singers in any genre it’s pretty amazing that none of his albums have been released in the UK until now. Since his breakthrough in 2005, Aldean has been a staple of the country music genre selling over 10 million albums and scoring 14 number ones on the Country Radio charts. Next weekend Aldean will make his UK debut as part of this year’s C2C: Country To Country festival at London’s O2 Arena.
Ahead of his appearance all of his albums have been released by Sony Music along with his latest album Old Boots, New Dirt, which was released in the US back in October 2014. Old Boots, New Dirt has been released in two versions in the UK. There’s an 18 track standard edition and a CD/DVD Tour Edition featuring live concert performance Night Train To Georgia. In the US the album has produced number 1 smash Burnin’ It Down and Top 10 smash Just Gettin’ Started.
Old Boots, New Dirt sees Aldean continue to dominate when it comes to producing arena ready country anthems assured to perform well at radio and commercially. The album doesn’t necessarily break new ground but Aldean is good at what he does and one of the most consistent artists in country today. Opening with Just Gettin’ Started, the album gets off to a mid-tempo but confident start.
Across the album Aldean does what he’s best-known for; solid mainstream country tracks that appeal to the widest audience possible. Songs such as Show You Off and Tonight Looks Good On You are hits ready to roll whilst Too Fast is the kind of love song that his female fans will swoon over hoping he’s singing about them.
There are moments of experimentation shown on Old Boots, New Dirt. Sweet Little Somethin’ adds electro rhythms over the country melodies, I Took It With Me cranks up the tempo, and Two Night Town creates quite the impact as Aldean sings over only electric guitar riffs for the first part of the song.
Too Much You For Me is one of our favourite moments packing in a soaring chorus that’ll have you singing along in no time as guitars crash together with a strong beat. Don’t Change Gone is another highlight and it really showcases Aldean’s husky strong vocals.
Old Boots, New Dirt is unlikely to convert anyone who isn’t already a fan of Aldean’s. It’s a record that’s aimed squarely at his (massive) fan base and with sales of over 1 million in the US already, it’s clearly a formula that works for him. We’re pretty excited to see Aldean bring this album to life, along with his classic hits, when he performs at C2C: Country To Country at the weekend.
Watch the video for Jason Aldean’s Burnin’ It Down below: