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Old Boots, New Dirt

Hip-hop-digging country dude hits the club, sort of

Jason Aldean Old Boots New Dirt

Jim Wright

”We can go ’round club hoppin’,” country star Jason Aldean promises on his sixth record. Aldean, a sturdy if workmanlike singer who dropped some rap verses on his 2010 hit ”Dirt Road Anthem,” goes further into pop territory here. On the lead single, ”Burnin’ It Down,” written by Florida Georgia Line, skittering beats course under a tune about getting busy ”to some old Alabama,” and on ”Sweet Little Somethin’,” banjos and EDM synths get equal play. Even his big, guitar-driven songs owe as much to Nickelback as to Nashville – if the pedal steel on ”Two Night Town” sounds forlorn, maybe that’s because it’s competing for attention with gravelly alt-rock distortion.

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