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Drive (Arista Nashville)

If you've had difficulty summing up your reaction to September 11, listen closely to Alan Jackson's 28th No. 1 hit, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)." His reflective, self-penned tune is enough to capture the emotions of most any listener. In less than 24 hours following the song's debut on national television, alanjackson.com received more than 400,000 hits. Radio stations were overwhelmed with requests, and U.S. Representative Mac Collins entered the lyrics into the United States Congressional Record. This moving cut holds two spots on Jackson's newest CD, Drive. The seventh song is the studio version; the bonus track is a recording of Jackson's live performance at the 35th Annual CMA Awards.

But though this heartfelt single may catapult Drive to the top of the charts, the album likely would have made it there anyway. Jackson, one of the industry's most talented songwriters, wrote or co-wrote 9 of the disc's 12 songs. The title tune, "Drive (For Daddy Gene)," celebrates the love between a boy and his father, and a man and his children. "Work in Progress" is a fun-filled plea for patience with a man and his faults. A duo with George Strait, "Designated Drinker" is a tongue-in-cheek look at drinking away memories. Toss in a healthy dose of love songs, like "Once in a Lifetime Love" and "When Loves Come Around," and you have an album that's pure Jackson -- and subsequently, a definite hit.

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