A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?