Good Time reunites superstar Alan Jackson with longtime producer, Keith Stegall and it marks the first time Jackson has been the sole writer on an entire album. As a songwriter, he has written 21 of his 31 #1 singles. The Jackson-penned 'Small Town Southern Man' is the disc's first single and after only five weeks on the charts, it's fast become a country radio smash and the youngest record inside the Billboard country airplay Top 30. After releasing not one, but two chart-topping albums in 2006, Good Time returns the spotlight to Jackson as a songwriter, as well as a vocalist. Additional songs include the sweetly poignant 'Sissy's Song', inspired by a friend who passed away, the nostalgic '1976' and the joys of being a 'Country Boy'.
Within his 2008 release, Good Time, a generous selection of 17 tracks, Alan Jackson sings of all sorts of times. Not only the "Good Time" of the title track--a dance floor, barroom anthem with a hint of Chuck Berry--but tender times ("Right Where I Want You"), mournful times ("Sissy's Son"), lovelorn times ("Listen to Your Senses"), kick-back times ("Laid Back 'n Low Key"), even times of marital monotony ("Nothing Left To Do"). With his return to more traditional country, he channels his inner George Jones on "When the Love Factor's High" and "If You Want to Make Me Happy," takes a bluegrass turn on the uptempo, downbeat "Long Long Way," teams with Martina McBride on "Never Loved Before," eulogizes his father on "Small Town Southern Man" and closes with the honky-tonk gospel of "If Jesus Walked the World Today." Since Jackson is the sole songwriter here, the listener gets a sense of every side of his multifaceted musical personality. --Don McLeese