10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alan Jackson is well-known for consistent and crafted songwriting, but Everything I Love might be his most fun and clever collection of songs. A rendition of Tom T. Hall’s “Itty Bitty” sets the album’s tone. The song’s motif is its ricocheting wordplay, but beneath that Jackson conveys the humanistic worldview that is always at the center of Hall’s songs. The same treatment is given to “Everything I Love,” “Buicks to the Moon” and “Must’ve Had a Ball,” which delight the listeners with turns of phrase, then engage them in the emotion of the storytelling. The album’s two ballads take a break from wordplay and instead focus on single images. The “House With No Curtains” becomes a metaphor for a marriage turned loveless. In “Walk On the Rocks” an estranged father visits his son and offers these words: “Life's like a river and the water is deep / Cross it with care or you'll end up like me / Let my mistakes be your stepping stones / And walk on the rocks that I stumbled on.” No flash, no gimmicks, just one powerful image used to symbolize a lifetime of trial and regret.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alan Jackson is well-known for consistent and crafted songwriting, but Everything I Love might be his most fun and clever collection of songs. A rendition of Tom T. Hall’s “Itty Bitty” sets the album’s tone. The song’s motif is its ricocheting wordplay, but beneath that Jackson conveys the humanistic worldview that is always at the center of Hall’s songs. The same treatment is given to “Everything I Love,” “Buicks to the Moon” and “Must’ve Had a Ball,” which delight the listeners with turns of phrase, then engage them in the emotion of the storytelling. The album’s two ballads take a break from wordplay and instead focus on single images. The “House With No Curtains” becomes a metaphor for a marriage turned loveless. In “Walk On the Rocks” an estranged father visits his son and offers these words: “Life's like a river and the water is deep / Cross it with care or you'll end up like me / Let my mistakes be your stepping stones / And walk on the rocks that I stumbled on.” No flash, no gimmicks, just one powerful image used to symbolize a lifetime of trial and regret.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Z.C. Young ,

As good as country gets

Every single song on this album has clever lyrics, nifty music, and that special 'it' factor that makes you sing along every time. It doesn't matter if it's funny ('Buicks to the Moon', 'Who's Cheatin' Who', 'Must've Had a Ball') or poignant ('Between the Devil and Me', 'Walk on the Rocks'); Jackson shines in every track.

Taylor swift fan41 ,

Best song in the little bitty world

I’ve listened to this since I was a baby, my dad sang it to me

Douglas in Denver ,

One of his best

I'm a long time fan of Jackson's and this is by far one of his best albums. It's hard to find a song that you wouldn't want to hear repeatedly and "Between the Deveil and me" and "it's Time you learned about Goodbye" are enough to purchase the whole the entire thing on their own, and it's a stellar deal at $6.

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