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Entering the country starsweepstakes without great fanfare or flash, Alan Jackson quickly won a massive audience through the strength of his music and the sincerity of his persona. His 1989 debut Here In The Real World sets the tone for his future releases — the songs manage to sound both tradition-rooted and modern, while the production (courtesy of Keith Stegall and Scott Hendricks) keeps the glitz at a minimum while remaining radio-friendly. Jackson's easy-going vocal manner fits the tenor of the material perfectly, skirting the wild edge of barroom balladry while conveying a guy-next-door charm. The album's lighter fare — most notably "She Don't Get the Blues" and "Ace of Hearts" — have an unaffected warmth about them. The autobiographical "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" celebrates the artist's dues-paying days. Most outstanding are ballads like the understated "Wanted" and the uplifting "I'd Love You All Over Again" where, without false histrionics, Jackson proves himself a master of modern country romance. A confident opening statement by a natural country talent, Here In The Real World still sounds like the real thing.

Customer Reviews

This is the Album that started it all.

this is his very first CD. it still has some of his very best songs o it. buy it you'll love it.

Strong songwriter, great voice, perfect pitch

Love this album, great songs well written, about life, love, persistence and family. I get lifted listening to these songs, Jackson's voice is soothing and he has the Blues & Soul working to convey a message. Praise for his wife who supported him during the lean years "Chasin that Neon Rainbow & I'd love you all over again". His Parents are serenaded in "Home" and the title track speaks for itself, Life ain't easy. The lyrics come alive and touch my heart, leaves me feeling good always.

Here In The Real World

For a breakout recording this is a great one! If you don't like this one you don't like country music..


Born: October 17, 1958 in Newnan, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson was the most popular male country singer of the '90s. An heir to the new traditionalist movement of the '80s, Jackson's approach was rooted in classic honky tonk yet remained comfortably within the contemporary mainstream. Jackson's hallmark was consistency — he wrote many of his own hits, and his way with a hook was part of the reason he never really hit a commercial dry spell, even into the new millennium. He also projected a modest, wholesome, down-to-earth...
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