Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

Consumer Guide:
  User's Guide
  Grades 1990-
  Grades 1969-89
  Expert Witness
Books:
  Going Into the City
  Consumer Guide: 90s
  Grown Up All Wrong
  Consumer Guide: 80s
  Consumer Guide: 70s
  Any Old Way You Choose It
  Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
Writings:
  CG Columns
  Rock&Roll& [new]
  Rock&Roll& [old]
  Music Essays
  Music Reviews
  Book Reviews
  NAJP Blog
  Playboy
  Blender
  Rolling Stone
  Billboard
  Video Reviews
  Pazz & Jop
  Recyclables
  Newsprint
  Lists
  Miscellany
Bibliography
NPR
Web Site:
  Home
  Site Map
  What's New?
Carola Dibbell:
  Carola's Website
  Archive
Venues:
  Noisey
CG Search:
Google Search:
Twitter:

Alan Jackson

  • Don't Rock the Jukebox [Arista, 1991] Choice Cuts
  • The Greatest Hits Collection [Arista, 1995] Choice Cuts
  • Under the Influence [Arista, 1999] Dud
  • Drive [Arista, 2001] ***
  • Greatest Hits Volume II [Arista, 2003]
  • What I Do [Arista, 2004] Choice Cuts
  • Good Time [Arista Nashville, 2008] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Don't Rock the Jukebox [Arista, 1991]
"Someday" Choice Cuts

The Greatest Hits Collection [Arista, 1995]
"Gone Country"; "I Don't Even Know Your Name"; "Someday"; "Livin' on Love" Choice Cuts

Under the Influence [Arista, 1999] Dud

Drive [Arista, 2001]
when did he become human? I missed it--and I heard his roots album many, many times ("Drive [For Daddy Gene]," "Where Were You [When the World Stopped Turning]") ***

Greatest Hits Volume II [Arista, 2003]
Too many country artists who start strong fall off artistically as they work their market niche. So Alan Jackson's improvement is a triumph--his writing only peaked after he was sure his niche would listen. "Little Man" is populism without ressentiment, "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" makes me wish my dad had risked his Chevy on me, and "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" could end up one of the few 9/11 remembrances emotionally evenhanded enough for Americans of differing convictions to share. Then there's the forgettable bonus disc, which demonstrates by contrast why some hits deserve to be. [Recyclables]

What I Do [Arista, 2004]
"The Talkin' Song Repair Blues," "To Do What I Do" Choice Cuts

Good Time [Arista Nashville, 2008]
"Small Town Southern Man" Choice Cuts

See Also