Ever since Jason Aldean released his in-your-face bar-rocker “She’s Country” in 2009, I’ve given him a pretty hard time. Had he never heard of subtlety?

But Aldean’s done a lot to undo that image in 2011. He produced a beautiful ballad with Kelly Clarkson (“Don’t You Wanna Stay?“) and a slow country-rap jam with Ludacris (“Dirt Road Anthem“), both of which hit number one on Billboard’s Country Songs chart.

Now, Aldean has released a fourth single from his smash album My Kinda Party called “Tattoos On This Town,” a nostalgic look at small-town life and love, which currently sits at number 23. Lyrically, the song is pretty standard for the country genre: Drag-racing pickup trucks, rope swings, scars—”real life stuff” Aldean tells us.

The song is just alright, but its new accompanying music video is downright beautiful. Full of sweeping cinematography and vivid natural settings, the video takes you on a heartbreaking journey of young love, pregnancy, and war.

Granted, I’m a sucker for patriotic imagery, but I think “Tattoos On This Town” does a truly classy job of representing the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country.

Check out the deftly edited video below:

What do you think of the video? Will “Tattoos On This Town” become Jason Aldean’s third straight No. 1 single?

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