Gretchen Wilson - All Jacked Up

Gretchen Wilson's eagerly awaited second album, All Jacked Up, was released in September 2005, sprinting to the top of both the Country Albums chart and the Billboard Top 200, selling a quarter of a million copies in its first week. It's easy to see why, with this blend of infectious, high energy country rock, some toe-tapping, thigh-slapping honky tonk and melt in your mouth ballads.




The album kicks off with the title track, All Jacked Up, a punchy, boot-scooting beauty complete with some sizzling fiddle provided by Jonathan Yudkin. Seven of the twelve songs were co-written by Wilson and friend John Rich. They clearly reflect the life of a country-gal, such as a mother's lament in Full Time Job and the search for the right kind of man in Skoal Ring, which is likely to be stuck in your head for days.




The stand out element here, however is Wilson's excellent voice, which delivers equal measures of grunt and honey, with plenty of that all-important country twang. There are two unnamed hidden tracks on the album, the second of which is a gorgeous, bluesy ballad which shows Wilson's voice in a slightly different light.




Overall, All Jacked Up is proof that Gretchen Wilson is a true talent in the country music scene. This is definitely a country album, so it might not be for everyone. However it is such good quality that it's definitely worth a listen and is certainly a must have for country music fans.

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