Relentless If you listened only to the initial hits from Aldean's albums ("Hicktown" from his platinum debut and now "Johnny Cash"), you'd think he had personality.… Relentless If you listened only to the initial hits from Aldean's albums ("Hicktown" from his platinum debut and now "Johnny Cash"), you'd think he had personality.… 2007-05-29 Jason Aldean Country
Music Review

Relentless (2007)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 29, 2007; Lead Performance: Jason Aldean; Genre: Country

If you listened only to the initial hits from Aldean's albums (''Hicktown'' from his platinum debut and now ''Johnny Cash''), you'd think he had personality. Unfortunately, the personality mostly belongs to John Rich, who co-wrote both songs. Once the introductory rambunctiousness is past, there isn't much gusto on Relentless — just indifferently interpreted B-list material from Music Row's top tunesmiths. It does take nerve, though, to deliver a ballad with a chorus — ''Every man dies, not every man lives'' — so shamelessly ripped off from Braveheart. DOWNLOAD THIS: Grown Woman

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #938 Jun 08, 2007 Order article reprints