Label: Broken Bow Records
Rousing tales of small-town exhilaration? Check. Snarling electric guitars? Of course. A little rapping? Hell yeah. A deft, affable everybro superstar to sell it all? You know it. Jason Aldean asserts his country superstardom on album five, whether he's rhapsodizing the touring life ("Wheels Rollin'"), wooing a foxy lady (the excellent "Talk") or lamenting the plight of a stripper (the slightly ridiculous "Black Tears"). Luke Bryan and Eric Church drop some bars on "The Only Way I Know," but playful hick-hop oddity (and Joe Diffie tribute) "1994" is the biggest hoot. See him live.