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Jason Aldean, ‘Tattoos on This Town’ – Song Review

Tattoos on This Town
Broken Bow Records

Jason Aldean continues his tour of rural, small town America on his new single, ‘Tattoos on This Town.’ It’s a theme that has worked well for the singer recently, and it’s far from getting old. His stories run parallel to our own tales of mischief, lost innocence and heartache. This fourth single from the ‘My Kinda Party’ album has a mass appeal that leaves no one behind.

Aldean is proving to be country music’s John Mellencamp. The songs he sings pick out a few tangible details and let listeners fill in the rest from personal memories. He finds singable melodies, and is careful not to over perform.

“It sure left its mark on us / We sure left our mark on it / We let the world know we were here / With everything we did / We laid a lot of memories down / Like tattoos on this town,” he sings during the chorus. Like ‘Dirt Road Anthem,’ Aldean creates a world were teenagers rule — and to be honest, that’s how we all remember it. The confidence of youth knew no boundaries.

The second verse goes, “There’s still a rope burn on that oak branch / That hangs over the river, I still got the scar / From swingin’ our a little too far / There ain’t a corner of this hallowed ground / That we ain’t laughed or cried on / It’s where we loved, lived and learned real stuff / It’s everything we’re made of.”

It’s difficult to imagine ‘Tattoos on This Town’ failing to become Aldean’s next hit. There isn’t a much hotter singer in country music right now, and this song is anything but a cold bucket of water.

4.5 Stars

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