Artist: Jake Bush
Album: Where 90's Meets Now
Release Date: 2/4/2022
With two EP's, two Albums, and a number of singles under his belt, it's clearly evident that Jake Bush has come into his own with this album. The blend of songwriting, voice, and delivery flows easily. The production quality from Rosewood Studios in Tyler, Texas is jet fuel to the fire.
The overall vibe of this album is precisely described by its name "Where 90s Meets Now". Between the pedal steel, simple guitar solos, and Jake's voice one could easily close their eyes and go back in time to a Ricky Van Shelton, Aaron Tippin, or Mark Chesnutt tune.
"Cowgirl" kicks off the festivities with a guitar lead in that sets the tone for the album's sound. This was a no-brainer since Jake released this song as a single in November of 2021. It could very well be blasting over the national airwaves. It's that well-rounded. The arrangement, instrumentation, vocals, writing, and production are all tied together in a gift of a package. The premise is a timeless one, but articulated succinctly. The cowgirl is long gone and this is a call to anyone that sees her to send her back his way.
"Talk 90's To Me" is not your typical 90's song name-dropping song. He does use a few titles in his lyrics, but keeps it to a minimum. Just enough to get the point across. As this song is the titular track, it does capture the essence of the 90's sound. The last minute gives a Steve Wariner or Brad Paisley outtro vibe. The up-tempo makes this one a steering wheel tapping, air guitar fun time. It has a ton of single potential.
"Opposites Attract" is a down-tempo tune that is so well-written that you could imagine it being played out in a movie in your mind. The lyrics contrast some of the things in life that maybe shouldn't be paired, but when they are there is a sweet and unexpected outcome. How fitting that this song being a slower tempo would usually be a sad one, however, it isn't. It's a song of the good things that come when opposites do attract. For this reason, we had to include it in our top three of "Should-Be Singles".
It could be construed that we have a biased take on this album since we were extremely fortunate to have this album to dive into on our drive to Kemah, Texas to see The Jake Bush Band perform live. It was a wonderful experience at a great venue with an even better couple of bands rocking the stage. We want to give a huge shout out to Ty Larrimore and his band. They were fantastic and really kicked off the night. While that's fair, it will stand that we will never review an album or single that we don't already at least have a little love for. After all, that's what the Cowboy Revolution is all about. We want to spread positivity and give credit when and where it's due. Just like anything in life that we endeavor, these artist pour it all out for long periods of time, burning the candle at both ends. These album and single releases are their playoffs, their Super Bowl. When they have wins like this album it makes the ride worth it.