With the release date still over a year away, country rocker Jason Aldean is already hard at work thinking up a suitably aggressive title for his next studio album. Since his self-titled debut in 2005, Aldean has escalated the aggression with the title of each disc, releasing Relentless in 2007 and following it up with Wide Open in 2009. Aldean is feeling the pressure to kick it up a notch next time around.
“Crunchy, guitar-driven rock music with hick-flavored lyrics is my calling card, but it wouldn’t be a Jason Aldean album without a vaguely menacing, clearly-overcompensating-for-something title,” says Aldean. “People don’t think about it, but the title is real important. It’s something we’ll have to tour behind for a year and print on t-shirts and stuff, so when it comes to finding the right name, we’re giving it our all. Hmm… Giving It My All? Nah, not tough enough.”
Aldean’s working list of potential titles reportedly numbers in the hundreds. Entries include Full Throttle, No Seatbelt, Balls Out, Sans Protective Padding, Hanging Tough, Unrelenting, Unlikely to Relent, Wider Open, Wide Opener, Obstinate, Aggressive, Aldeanified, Johnny Cash, Badassity, Bullheaded, Cantankerous, Reckless, No Fear, In Overdrive, Horsepower, Widest Openest, and Don’t Make Me Take My Earrings Out.
Once the title has been chosen, Aldean will face the equally difficult decision of which ineffectually menacing, unintentionally hilarious pose to strike on the album cover.
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