Release Date: Feb 24, 2009
Record label: RCA
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Jake Owen kicks off his sophomore effort in rakish lonely-rambler style with the dark, driving ”Tell Me,” and there’s believable passion behind his drawl on single ”Don’t Think I Can’t Love You.” But the rest of Easy Does It suffers from curiously opposing problems: too many songs in awe of generically wild women — including ”Eight Second Ride,” repeated from his 2006 debut — and a tendency for the 27-year-old to slip into middle-aged schmaltz. Fingers crossed he’ll be around to revisit the more maudlin stuff in about two decades. B? Download This: Listen to the song ”Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” on imeem.com .
Everything about Jake Owen is a testament to Nashville's image of an everyday all-American. He has an ordinary name, he's hunky but not threatening, he has facial hair as sculpted as his biceps, he has a warm, friendly voice that is as suited for sentiment as it is for hoisting a frosty bottle of American beer. There's not a thing that's surprising about Jake Owen, either on his 2006 debut or this, his 2009 follow-up, that replicates the formula of his first to the letter, going so far as to offer a new version of "Eight Second Ride," presumably following the assumption that if it produced a modest success the first time around, things will get better the next time.