Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"
The festivities on Jason Aldean's fourth studio album, "My Kinda Party," the follow-up to 2009's platinum "Wide Open," aren't overwhelmingly joyous, and the project is probably all the better for it. The 15-song set, which the Georgia-born Aldean recorded with his touring band, runs a wide emotional gamut. The material ranges from sentimental paeans like the muscular "Tattoos on This Town" and a remake of Colt Ford's "Dirt Road Anthem" (which finds Aldean rapping some of the lyrics) to an array of such bittersweet, emotionally ambivalent goodbye songs as the ballads "See You When I See You" and "Don't You Wanna Stay," the latter a duet with Kelly Clarkson. Aldean still likes to get rowdy at times-as heard on the title track and "Texas Was You"-but also wades into some deep territory on the fish-out-of-water "Country Boy's World," the keening "Fly Over States," the richly detailed "Church Pew or Bar Stool" and the self-aware "It Ain't Easy." Aldean's kind of party has gotten decidedly sober, but it's well worth attending.