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American Love is the fifth studio album by American country music artist Jake Owen. It was released on July 29, 2016, through RCA Nashville.[1] It includes the #1 single "American Country Love Song".

American Love
AmericanLove.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 29, 2016 (2016-07-29)
GenreCountry
Length37:58
LabelRCA Nashville
Producer
Jake Owen chronology
Days of Gold
(2013)
American Love
(2016)
Greatest Hits
(2017)
Singles from American Love
  1. "American Country Love Song"
    Released: March 4, 2016
  2. "If He Ain't Gonna Love You"
    Released: October 17, 2016
  3. "Good Company"
    Released: April 17, 2017

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Renowned for Sound     [3]

AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, noting the "bittersweet streak" in some of the song's themes, as well as Owen "modulating his delivery, choosing to lie back instead of lean into the songs, a tactic that gives the lighter moments a melancholy pull and the ballads a bit of grace."[2] Daniel Patrin of Renowned for Sound rated the record 3 out of 5 stars, noting that it reverts to Owen's "deeper, ancestral country roots" and away from Days of Gold's "contemporary concoction of electronic pop-country mixtures", concluding that "American Love is the resulted work of a beholden musician, content and satisfied – rolling through songwriting without a shroud of guilt and a wealth of glittering pride."[3]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album's lead single "American Country Love Song" topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart on September 17, 2016. The second single "If He Ain't Gonna Love You" stalled on the charts at its peak of #37 for several weeks, and became Owen's lowest charting single of his career. American Love debuted at number 4 on Billboard 200 with 35,000 units, Owen highest charting album on that chart.[4] It also debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 29,400 albums in its first week.[5] The album has sold 53,800 copies in the United States as of November 2016.[6] The album's third single, "Good Company" released to country radio on April 17, 2017.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."American Love"3:15
2."After Midnight"
  • McAnally
  • Copperman
3:57
3."Where I Am"
  • McAnally
  • Copperman
3:44
4."Everybody Dies Young"
  • McAnally
  • Copperman
3:08
5."VW Van"
  • Paul Reter
  • Brent Stenzel
  • Lukas Bracewell
  • Jake Owen
2:55
6."Good Company"
  • Matt Alderman
  • Tommy Cecil
  • Jared Mullins
  • Bracewell
  • Owen
2:54
7."LAX"
  • McAnally
  • Copperman
3:27
8."If He Ain't Gonna Love You"
  • McAnally
  • Laird
  • Copperman
3:36
9."When You Love Someone"
  • Bracewell
  • Owen
3:57
10."You Ain't Going Nowhere"
  • McAnally
  • Copperman
3:38
11."American Country Love Song"
  • Copperman
  • Gorley
  • Johnston
  • McAnally
  • Copperman
3:17

PersonnelEdit

Credits for American Love adapted from AllMusic.[7]

Vocals
Instruments
Production
  • Joseph Arick – programming
  • Daniel Bacigalupi – mixing
  • Sean R. Badum – assistant
  • Joe Baldridge – engineer
  • Drew Bollman – assistant
  • Lukas Bracewell – engineer, producer, programming
  • Ross Copperman – digital editing, engineer, producer, programming
  • Josh Ditty – assistant
  • Ryan Gore – engineer
  • Kelsey Granda – production assistant
  • Luke Laird – producer, programming
  • Jasper Lemaster – assistant
  • Joseph Llanes – photographer
  • Kam Lutcherhand – assistant
  • Tony Lucido – engineer
  • Shane McAnally – producer
  • Andrew Mendleson – mastering
  • Buckley Miller – digital editing
  • Seth Morton – assistant
  • Justin Niebank – digital editing, mixing
  • Zack Pancoast – engineer
  • Jake Owen – producer
  • Andy Selby – digital editing
  • Aaron Sterling – engineer
  • Brian David Willis – digital editing

Chart performanceEdit

AlbumEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 55
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[9] 14
US Billboard 200[10] 4
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[10] 1

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Hot Country
[11]
US Country Airplay
[12]
US
[13]
CAN Country
[14]
CAN
[15]
2016 "American Country Love Song" 6 1 55 2 88
"If He Ain't Gonna Love You" 45 37
2017 "Good Company" 39 32

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (May 19, 2016). "Jake Owen Releases Track Listing, Cover Art For 'American Love'". MusicRow. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "American Love - Jake Owen". AllMusic. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Patrin, Daniel (August 7, 2016). "Album Review: Jake Owen – American Love". Renowned for Sound. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 7, 2016). "DJ Khaled Earns His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Major Key'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (August 9, 2016). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: August 9, 2016". Roughstock.
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 6, 2016). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: November 7, 2016". Roughstock.
  7. ^ "Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "CHART WATCH #380". auspOp. August 6, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jake Owen Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "DJ Khaled Earns His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Major Key'". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  12. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  13. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  14. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  15. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 10, 2016.