Night Train

Common Sense Media says

Country boy celebrates rural life; some alcohol references.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Songs are about being a country boy (or girl), the simple life, and home. There are some mature themes about love and drinking/drugs; "Black Tears" is about a girl who does whatever it takes to make ends meet. 

Positive role models

Aldean is certainly proud to be a country boy, and loves singing about trucks, gravel roads, and beer. He's honest but sensitive, which is certainly admirable, but does often mention drinking, which isn't the best message for the underage crowd.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

"Talk" has some heated lyrics that say "I don't wanna talk anymore, I know enough about you to know all I wanna do... let's find out a little bit more. I don't wanna waste that moon and the heat on the hood of this Ford." "Black Tears" is about a girl who dances at a gentlemen's club to make ends meet, with mention of cheap sex.

Language

The occasional "hell" but that's it.

Consumerism

Fellow country crooners Luke Bryan and Eric Church lend their velvety voices on the track "The Only Way I Know." There are a few mentions of Ford trucks, Southern Comfort, and John Deere.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a few mentions of beer, drinking, "a fifth of Comfort," as well as "homemade wine on your lips" in the song "Talk." It's never excessive, but it's clear what this boy likes to do in his free time. "Black Tears" mentions cocaine and how it didn't make the girl in the song happy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while Aldean celebrates the country-boy life, his Ford, and his girl with clean lyrics ("hell" is as bad as it gets), there are some mature themes on Night Train involving minor innuendo, drinking, and a lost girl's stint with cocaine that aren't appropriate for younger kids.

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What's the story?

Country crooner Jason Aldean sings about what he loves most on NIGHT TRAIN: home, his Ford, and his girl. The 15 tracks talk about love, gravel roads, and the simple pleasures of life under the stars with nothing but a loved one, a blanket, and a bottle of "Comfort." The lead single "Take a Little Ride" is here, as well as an appearance by Luke Bryan and Eric Church on the song "The Only Way I Know."

Is it any good?

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Aldean's music is honest and real, and paired with his velvety country-tinged vocals, it's hard not to sing along and want to go out and buy a Ford and a porch swing. Yes, he sings about his truck a lot, but the lyrics are clever and catchy, making his music more than just a typical country crock of bourbon, beer, and John Deere. "It ain't all porches and plows, there's always somethin' going down in this nothin' town," sings Aldean, making even a city slicker appreciate life in Anytown, USA. "Talk" is an unassuming love song about the beginning of a relationship, and gets surprisingly steamy with the lyrics "Let's find out a little bit more, I don't wanna waste that moon and the heat of the hood on this Ford." "1994" is a somewhat humorous, country-rap track about life in the '90s. Aldean's music works because he's as unpretentious as they come and can sing with the timbre of Johnny Cash; even non-country fans will understand his appeal.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the messages in Aldean's music, such as home, country, love, the simple life. Why do you think these themes are appealing to so many? Do you think there's enough music with these topics?

  • Aldean makes no bones about the fact that he is a country boy and likes to drink beer and drive a truck. Do you think it's OK for artists to sing about drinking? What kind of message, if any, do you feel that this sends to listeners?

  • Do these songs present a stereotypical image of country life? Is that OK? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Jason Aldean
Release date:October 16, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Broken Bow Records
Genre:Country
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written by1redneck January 7, 2013
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Depends of where you live and your kids

Bunch of country life related singing, if you live in the country, it's good for bout 11+, if ya live in the city, 12-13+, if ya live in the middle of the city and country, 12+, depends on your kid and the place where ya live, it's good music for a country music lover like myself, it's pretty good, there's some references to very hard work (The Only Way I Know), which may lead kids to not liking work as much, maybe a bit violent with the work there on the song, Night Train refers to sitting and watching a train go by all night long, barely language, any language will pass right over kids head most likely

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