Album Details

RELEASE
February 24, 2009
LABEL
RCA
GENRES
Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country

Album Review

Everything about Jake Owen is a testament to Nashville's image of an everyday all-American. He has an ordinary name, he's hunky but not threatening, he has facial hair as sculpted as his biceps, he has a warm, friendly voice that is as suited for sentiment as it is for hoisting a frosty bottle of American beer. There's not a thing that's surprising about Jake Owen, either on his 2006 debut or this, his 2009 follow-up, that replicates the formula of his first to the letter, going so far as to offer a new version of "Eight Second Ride," presumably following the assumption that if it produced a modest success the first time around, things will get better the next time. Musically, that's pretty much true: Easy Does It gets the balance of sports bar anthems, radio ballads, and Sunday sentiment right, hitting every cliché perhaps a bit too on the nose but effectively nonetheless. Complaining that this is a bit too familiar is beside the point because this is music meant to be familiar, to fit into pre-carved niches for Friday nights and Monday mornings, and it works not because the songs are great -- at their best they're sturdy, at their worst they're workaday -- but because the production is clean and uncluttered, focused directly on Jake Owen's warm, welcoming voice. Owen doesn't really look like a guy next door -- he's too hunky by far -- but he does sound like the homecoming king from a small town, a guy comfortable with posing in the spotlight without looking like he's posing, and it's this easy charm that turns Easy Does It into an effective piece of country-pop product.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Tell Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tell-me/id309952423?i=309952424&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Eight Second Ridehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/eight-second-ride/id309952423?i=309952425&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Easy Does Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/easy-does-it/id309952423?i=309952472&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Don't Think I Can't Love Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dont-think-i-cant-love-you/id309952423?i=309952473&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Cherry on Tophttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cherry-on-top/id309952423?i=309952474&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Who Said Whiskey (Was Meant to Drink a Woman Away)
  7. Green Bananashttp://itunes.apple.com/album/green-bananas/id309952423?i=309952476&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Anything for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/anything-for-you/id309952423?i=309952477&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Every Reason I Go Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/every-reason-i-go-back/id309952423?i=309952478&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Nothin' Grows in Shadowshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/nothin-grows-in-shadows/id309952423?i=309952479&uo=5&at=11l9vR