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Don't Rock the Jukebox

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Don't Rock the Jukebox

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Alan Jackson

We gave it an A

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