Angels and Alcohol

Angels and Alcohol

by Alan Jackson

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Overview

When he was a young gun, Alan Jackson attempted to sound like an old soul, so it's unsurprising middle age suits him, finding him deepening rather than struggling. After spending a few years casually exploring his roots -- he cut a second gospel record and his first full-length bluegrass records -- the traditionalist returns to straight-ahead country on 2015's Angels and Alcohol. Working once again with his longtime partner Keith Stegall -- they've been together since Alan's 1990 debut Here in the Real World, taking only a short break in 2006 -- Jackson doesn't attempt anything new but he's also not living in the past, sliding references to cell phones into the quietly romantic "The One You're Waiting On" and generally acting his age, happy to be faithful, committed, and comfortable. Alan manages to not sound complacent on Angels and Alcohol because like all great country singers -- and he long ago established that he belongs in the pantheon of great country singers -- he thrives on the little telling details, whether they reside within a lyric or the freshening of a familiar three-chord turnaround. It helps that his pen is sharp on this record -- he writes all but three of the album's ten tunes, often favoring supple and slow tales but also loosening up for the cheerful Western swing of "Flaws," the driving "Mexico, Tequila and Me," and the first single "Jim and Jack and Hank," which boogies in a fashion similar to "Who's Cheatin' Who" -- but often the real appeal of Angels and Alcohol is in the singer, not the song. As the album rolls on, it's easy to get sucked into his eloquent phrasing and assured band. He might not be trying anything new, but it's a pleasure to hear a master enjoying his work.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2015
Label: Capitol Nashville
UPC: 0602547235046
catalogNumber: 002281402
Rank: 2624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Jackson   Primary Artist
Gary Prim   Organ,Piano,Hammond B3
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Robbie Flint   Slide Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Lap Steel Guitar
Hoot Hester   Fiddle
Jim Hoke   Accordion,Harmonia
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic)
Michael Severs   Dobro
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Jim Vest   Lap Steel Guitar
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Tania Hancheroff   Background Vocals
Tommy Harden   Drums
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin
Greenwood Hart   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Hand Drums

Technical Credits

Alan Jackson   Composer,Art Direction
John Kelton   Engineer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Mellissa Schleicher   grooming
Michael White   Composer
Shannon Wright   Composer
Adam Wright   Composer
Troy Jones   Composer
Michael Heeney   Composer
Greg Becker   Composer
Travis Humbert   Engineer
Debbie Doebler   Management

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