13 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alan Jackson’s 17th studio album is the first released on his own ACR Records, giving him freedom from his former label’s wish that he'd keep up with the times. Thirty Miles West leans harder on the traditional side of Jackson’s new traditional sound. Things start with “Gonna Come Back as a Country Song”—a timeless-sounding tune with parlor piano, old-timey fiddles, pedal steel, and Jackson laying his drawl on extra thick. “You Go Your Way” is a classic Jackson love song equally rooted in boozy honky tonk and Southern rock ballads from the '70s. A country music veteran, Jackson's well aware of when to exercise vocal restraint and let the song work its magic (as evidenced on the Guy Clark co-penned “Talk Is Cheap”). Conversely, he knows when to let loose his soaring signature croons (as heard on the tearjerking gem “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Any More”). A guest appearance by Zac Brown helps things sounds nostalgic on the boot-stomping “Dixie Highway,” while “Long Way to Go” flirts with Jimmy Buffett-esque tropical twang.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alan Jackson’s 17th studio album is the first released on his own ACR Records, giving him freedom from his former label’s wish that he'd keep up with the times. Thirty Miles West leans harder on the traditional side of Jackson’s new traditional sound. Things start with “Gonna Come Back as a Country Song”—a timeless-sounding tune with parlor piano, old-timey fiddles, pedal steel, and Jackson laying his drawl on extra thick. “You Go Your Way” is a classic Jackson love song equally rooted in boozy honky tonk and Southern rock ballads from the '70s. A country music veteran, Jackson's well aware of when to exercise vocal restraint and let the song work its magic (as evidenced on the Guy Clark co-penned “Talk Is Cheap”). Conversely, he knows when to let loose his soaring signature croons (as heard on the tearjerking gem “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Any More”). A guest appearance by Zac Brown helps things sounds nostalgic on the boot-stomping “Dixie Highway,” while “Long Way to Go” flirts with Jimmy Buffett-esque tropical twang.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Bayoubeefmaster ,

Legendary Alan

Can't get no better. I wish these new "country" artists would stop and listen to what country sounds like and what it's all about

Jackie0930 ,

Another Great Album

Alan never disappoints. His music is true country. Love how his songs are so heartfelt and touching whether they are a break up song or a song about being in love. He's amazing

LuvableNana46 ,

Alan is the next best thing to George Jones

All the songs are great! Keep up the good work Alan!

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