Alan Jackson (Arista Nashville)
The title implies that Jackson might be ranging á la Willie Nelson into pop standards, employing his pungent country twang in the service of classic tunes like Sammy Calm’s “All the Way” (in which the phrase “When somebody loves you” is a refrain). Would that it were so.
In fact, the title tune on this follow-up to last year’s delightful Under the Influence is a routine country love song. And Jackson devotes much of the album to too-clever-by-half lyrics such as those in “www.memory ” (“If you feel the need, just click on me”), “Meat and Potato Man,” “It’s Alright to Be a Redneck” (“It’s alright to have a girl named Thelma Lou/ who don’t mind a kiss when you got a little chew”) and “Three Minute Positive Not Too Country Uptempo Love Song.” This is all innocuous enough, and some of the tracks are mildly amusing. Yet overall it seems to be a waste of one of the most distinctive voices in country music.
Bottom Line: Too cute