Wide Open

Wide Open

by Jason AldeanJason Aldean


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Jason Aldean quietly turned into a genuine country star in the back half of the 2000s -- not the kind who has pop hits, but the kind who steadily reaches the country Top Ten, primed for a crossover hit. Wide Open, his third album, might take him there, since he manages to hit every contemporary cliché in the book without seeming too systematic about it. That light touch takes Aldean a long way, as it never appears that he's pandering even though he kind of is, making sure that he has songs about small-town girls with big-city dreams, paeans to Nashville, mournful laments about his rowdy ways, a tune about his big green tractor, and love songs to the country and girls from the country. Aldean puts a lot of rock in his country, particularly on the stuttering AC/DC riff that powers "She's Country," which is a bit of compensation for the plainness of his voice, but his simple, affectless singing does disguise just how shopworn his songs are. He doesn't necessarily turn the familiar into something fresh, but his keen, plainspoken voice does ground Wide Open, making ballads feel intimate and party anthems not too rowdy. It's nothing too risky, nothing too soft, just a straight shot down the middle of the road -- a road that runs through a subdivision that only becomes memorable through repetition.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: Broken Bow
UPC: 0697487763728
catalogNumber: 7637
Rank: 37343

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Aldean   Primary Artist
Tony Harrell   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Rojas   Piano,Hammond Organ
Neil Thrasher   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson   Steel Guitar
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Kurt Allison   Electric Guitar
Tully Kennedy   Bass Guitar
Rodney Clawson   Background Vocals
Rich Redmond   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Tony Martin   Composer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
David Frasier   Composer
Danny Myrick   Composer
Brett Jones   Composer
Luellyn Latocki   Art Direction
Troy Verges   Composer
Jason Aldean   Composer
Jeff Crump   Graphic Design
Michael Knox   Producer,Audio Production
Ashley Monroe   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Justin Weaver   Composer
Kelly Archer   Composer
Neena Wright   Audio Production
Bridgette Tatum   Composer
Jim Collins   Composer

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