Don't Rock the Jukebox (1991) Alan Jackson, Arista Records' one certifiable country star, doesn't have much in his light baritone that's particularly distinctive, but he makes up for it with… Alan Jackson Country
Music Review

Don't Rock the Jukebox (1991)

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A

Details Lead Performance: Alan Jackson; Genre: Country

Alan Jackson, Arista Records' one certifiable country star, doesn't have much in his light baritone that's particularly distinctive, but he makes up for it with two undeniable strengths: a lanky, likable persona and a knack for writing songs — including ''Don't Rock the Jukebox,'' already a No. 1 hit — that insist on riding the top of the charts. Jackson's best tunes in Don't Rock the Jukebox employ a kind of clever hillbilly wordplay, such as ''Walkin' the Floor Over Me,'' which trades on the old Ernest Tubb title to tell the tale of a man in love with his upstairs neighbor, and ''Just Playin' Possum,'' a tune that has its protagonist hiding out from friends and working through a bad love affair listening to records by George Jones — whose nickname, as every country fan knows, is Possum. With the rest of country music taking itself so seriously these days, Jackson's got the best pickin' and grinnin' act going. A

Originally posted Jul 19, 1991 Published in issue #75 Jul 19, 1991 Order article reprints