Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, James Otto | Sears Centre | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, James Otto Recommended Member Picks All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2008

Most country stars sing songs other people write and keep their albums under 35 minutes, but Good Time (Arista), the latest from veteran Nashville hit maker Alan Jackson, is 17 original tunes spread across more than an hour. Unfortunately he doesn’t use that time to develop some depth in his lyrics, which are mostly pandering ruminations on life’s simple pleasures—like “bologna on white bread.” The couple in “Nothing Left to Do” faces a conundrum that’s typical of the record’s outlook: Once they’ve had dinner, watched a movie on TV, sucked down some rum, and gotten “right down to it,” what more is there? Jackson shamelessly romanticizes old-fashioned “country” values and assures us that Jesus would be a hillbilly if he were around today, but he’s such a natural at mainstream honky-tonk that he sounds pretty persuasive no matter what he says—not even the slick production interferes with his charisma. —Peter Margasak

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