Alan Jackson, “Good Time”

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April 11, 2008

“Good Time” is the second single from Alan Jackson’s album of the same name. He significantly speeds things up with this rapid fire, up tempo song about having a good time after a long work week: “I’ve been workin’ all week/And I’m tired and I don’t wanna sleep/I wanna have fun/Time for a good time.”

While the lyrics (which include nods to the music of Hank Jr. and Brooks & Dunn) might not have the substantive value of “Small Town Southern Man” or “Remember When”, Jackson simply delivers a lively performance that will be perfect for the upcoming summer months, which is surely the catalyst for its timely release.

Written by Alan Jackson

Grade: A-

Listen: Good Time

Buy: Good Time

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one thinking Alan is yet again trying to recreate the riff of ‘Chattahoochee like he did on his version of ‘Summertime Blues’? lol

    That aside, another song bound to go all the way for mr. reliable.

  2. LeeannNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, I thought the same thing. It’s not exactly the same guitar riff, but I think the over all feel is similar.

  3. bobbyNo Gravatar says:

    this song kid of feels forced to me because of the pace. i’m normally a big fan of his songwriting, but there are a lot of cliches in this one.

  4. LeeannNo Gravatar says:

    Bobbi, I agree that this song certainly has its faults, including the spelling thing. Over all, though, I just think it’s fun and we haven’t really heard Alan having fun in quite some time.

  5. Stephen H.No Gravatar says:

    I wonder if any enterprising stations will end up playing the album version, rather than the single version.

  6. I think this is a good up-tempo song. Something you can play while driving in your car with the window down or riding on the lake in your boot.

    As for it having a similar feel to some of his other songs; well you know what they have said about George Strait all these years – it does not matter whether you buy his first album or his latest album, because they sound the same. Legends like George Strait and Alan Jackson have found a sound which has won them a legion of loyal fans who keep coming back for more and more.

    Alan has done some musical experimenting lately with “Precious Memories” and “Like Red on a Rose”. It is time for him to get back to what his fans want. I think he will be rewarded accordingly with a big hit.

  7. This is one my least favorites on his new album, which I love mostly.

  8. TenPoundHammerNo Gravatar says:

    My favorite lyric of 2008: “G with an O, O with a D / T with an I and an M and an E”. Just the way that it fits the meter so wonderfully elevates it.

    By the way, how many of y’all have heard the full, five-minute version?

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