Remember when Jason Aldean cared? I know it can be hard to remember with all of the bro country hits and his brief dip into hick hop, but he used to release at least decent music. Now he’s pretty much mailing it in and his newest single “Any Ol’ Barstool” perfectly exemplifies this. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad song at all. But after listening to it I’m left wondering if this is really it. Of course this was the whole problem with his latest album They Don’t Know. Every song sounds interchangeable and vanilla. “Any Ol’ Barstool” is no different. The song itself is a breakup song with the man left drinking at a bar in the aftermath, telling us to ask any barstool what he’s been up to. It’s a perfectly fine theme, but it fails to standout because nothing is really expanded upon once we’re presented the story. Again, where’s the rest of the song? As a result the song just feels so generic and listless. Right after it ends I forget about it. The production is your standard Aldean sound. It’s drifting somewhere between banal arena rock and pop country sensibilities, although something extra is actually added this time with some lingering, soft pedal steel guitar in the background. It gives the song some warmth, but it’s not enough to cover up the songs flaws and issues. Maybe a few years ago he would have cared enough to make this song good, but he knows like the rest of us that he can mail in these average songs and watch country radio play the shit out of this all of the way to #1. Fans will continue to buy his music. Rinse, wash and repeat.
Recommend? – Meh
Written by Deric Ruttan and Josh Thompson