When Somebody Loves You

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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

The title track attests to the power of love and encouragement. With a contrite spirit and desire for self-improvement, the artist proclaims, “I’m hanging tough . . . I ain’t givin’ up on life or love” (“Life or Love”). “Three Minute Positive Not Too Country Up-tempo Love Song” is proud to express devotion without resorting to unsavory elements (“There’ll be no drinkin’, no cheatin’, no lyin’, no leavin’ . . . [no] four-letter words/Just me tellin’ her she’s every breath I draw”). “WWW.Memory” invites an ex to reopen lines of communication if she ever has a change of heart. Southern folks and their down-home ways get a wink and a wave on “Where I Come From,” however . . .

Objectionable Content

One line supports the misguided notion that people can work their way into heaven. Beer is the beverage of choice on “Meat and Potato Man” and “It’s Alright to Be a Redneck” (the latter also endorses chewing tobacco). The singer mentions an affection for Jack Daniels whiskey on “Maybe I Should Stay Here.”

Summary Advisory

Jackson’s 11th album runs true to form. He starts with a hearty helping of romantic optimism and a side of earthy traditionalism—his meat and potatoes. Heartache songs avoid bitterness and hope for reconciliation. But his pedal-steel feasts can go too far. This time it’s alcohol and chaw that will give listeners lyrical indigestion.

Bob Waliszewski
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