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Review: Jason Aldean’s ‘They Don’t Know’ Is a So-So Party

Our take on the gruff country singer’s seventh album

Review: Jason Aldean, 'They Don't Know'

'They Don't Know' is Jason Aldean's seventh album.

Jim Wright

Jason Aldean can party as hard as his buddies in Florida Georgia Line, who wrote his seventh album’s lead single, “Lights Come On,” about the thrill of a blue-collar work week ending and a country music show starting. But where those bros can be frisky and footloose, Aldean’s drawl is unrelentingly gruff and determined. That delivery generates some sexual urgency when he’s making a move on songs like “Comin’ in Hot” and “Bad,” and adds a little emotional heft to the title track’s defense of small towns. But with not much left of the hick-hop swagger and EDM effects that once livened his muscular arena-rock, Aldean thumps along too often with mere dutiful competence.

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