Album Review: Jake Owen – Greatest Hits

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Although I tend to prefer more traditional-sounding country, I quite liked Jake Owen’s modern, upbeat sound when I first heard it and I remember buying his debut album, 2006’s ‘Startin’ with Me’, largely on the strength of its catchy first single, “Yee Haw”.

Needless to say, it is that which kicks off this 13-track compilation, a collection which spans 11 years and five studio albums – and also includes two enjoyable brand new songs: “Subliminal Love” and “Long As You’re in It”.

Second track “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” – a number two hit off Owen’s second album, ‘Easy Does It’ – is a gorgeous ballad. The up-tempo “Eight Second Ride” is more closely in tune with the artist’s fun-loving good ol’ boy image, however, as is the anthemic chorus of “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, the first of his six number ones.

Summer is the season with which all-American former athlete Jake Owen is most readily associated, and the sun-soaked imagery of “Anywhere with You”, “Days of Gold” and “Beachin'” help generate a warm feeling of nostalgia for summers past, or for long hot summers in the American southern states full of non-stop barbecues, parties and white sandy beaches – things with which many of us here in the UK are perhaps less familiar.

“What We Ain’t Got” is heartwarmingly reflective and new song “Subliminal Love” also effectively showcases Owen’s softer side. In summary, Jake Owen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ offers a highly rewarding listen; a well-selected mix of songs about enjoying the simpler things in life, as well as tunes that deal with sensitive introspection.

  Track List
  1. Yee Haw
  2. Don’t Think I Can’t Love You
  3. Eight Second Ride
  4. Barefoot Blue Jean Night
  5. Alone With You
  6. The One That Got Away
  7. Anywhere With You
  8. Days of Gold
  9. Beachin’
  10. What We Ain’t Got
  11. American Country Love Song
  12. Subliminal Love
  13. Long as You’re in It

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Adrian has been a huge country music fan for many years and has interviewed the likes of Merle Haggard, Jon Pardi, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, Ray Price, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis and Tanya Tucker for various publications around the world. In 2015, his first book, 'Tequila, Señoritas and Teardrops: Musicians Discuss the Influence of Mexico on Country Music', was published in the US by McFarland & Company and his second, 'Life As They See It: A Collection of Country Music Online Articles 2009 - 2016', was self-published a year later. Firmly entrenched in the more traditional end of the country spectrum, his favourite artists include Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Marty Stuart, Tracy Lawrence and Patty Loveless.