A Capitol Records Nashville Release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Had to review this again - my first was a bad review - ooopps sorry - lol but after hearing this album - like all the songs - I couldn’t stop playing it- Love all the songs on it- I just got the vinyl. 🥃 cheers mr. Jon Pardi for giving me this Music- revised June 4th 2020
I loved his last album, but I didn’t feel this one besides Heartache Medication and Ain’t Always The Cowboy. Better than a fair amount of country albums but I’m not getting the whole thing.
This is probably one of the best albums to come out of Nashville in a long time. It has ACTUAL country songs with good lyrics, with steel and fiddle playing. Hopefully this starts a trend back to old-school country in the mainstream. My favorites are “Old Hat” and “Call Me Country”. 5 out of 5, for sure. P.S. Those hating this album, calling it “rap”, need to get their ears checked.
Let me preface this review this review with this: I am a HUGE fan of Jon Pardi. Ive seen him several times live, and I believe he is the most talented singer/songwriter to come out of Nashville in the last 30 years. That being said, this album fell well short of expectations, when compared to California Sunrise. The three songs that are Pardi-worthy are the title track “Heartache Medication”, and then followed closely by “Starlight”. Both songs are the strong (especially StarLight), well constructed song feel that we are used to Jon putting out. “Tied One On” is another fun song that will get the dance floor moving. It couples a strong hook and great lyrics, with a strong melodic structure. It’s even funny in some places. But the album goes off the rails after that...... “Me and Jack” is a gimmicky type tune that doesn’t really stand up. You hear it once, and after that its just kinda “Meh...” “Old Hat”- This one feels like a popcorn Nashville throw away tune that will only resonate with simpleton trump supporters. The lyrics are almost as awkward as the HORRIBLE intro and melody. It’s basically, the song form of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. This one should have been chucked in the trash. “Tequila Little Time” - Any time you are thinking about using a horn section in a country song.... DON’T. Another example of what seems like rushed song writing, and sloppy melodic development. Apparently it was written at a songwriting getaway, but like a lot of tunes on this album, it suffers from lack of song development. It’s a “ditty”, not a Jon Pardi caliber song. “Nobody Leaves a Girl Like That”- This one stumbles in the first verse, bad. It finally picks up steam in the chorus, but once again, its just not the caliber of song that Jon Pardi is capable of creating. “Ain’t Aways the Cowboy”- This song has some great lyrics in places, but in others, its just cliche, and awkward. The intro is especially awkward. Once again, it’s short of what Pardi is capable of. “Love Her Like She’s Leaving” - When this song started, I thought it was the theme for a 1980’s sitcom. The intro melody is that bad. I’m not saying it gave me cancer, but close... This one will be featured in a made for TV movie on the Hallmark Channel As stated above, I believe Jon Pardi is insanely talented. This album feels rushed, and sloppy. Get off the road for a while Jon. Get in the studio and do your magic. Forget what the label tells you.I didn’t know it was possible to make an album as good as California Sunrise. It was INCREDIBLE!! But I hate to say it, Heartache Medication is no comparison.
Here we go again! More overproduced formula audio from Nashville. Every producer wants to be Phil Spector. ..except maybe for the murder part...but whoever produced this murdered it. Did I miss the part where there was a rule that every cut had to be a wall of super-compressed sound with the vocal pushed down into the mix? There are a couple of good songs on the album but the production and agrrngement (what arrangement?) mostly destroyed them. Also, not sure the Lauren Alaina/ Jon duet worked. Not a good fit.
If I could give it 10 stars! Just love everything JP does and he does not disappoint with this one. It’s so so good! I’m getting my fill of country twang, slide guitars, and country cowboy truth! JP should be proud of this album! It’s awesome. Thank you!!
This is a great album. He brings back 90’s county sound into today’s arena. Just when you thought pop country took over, in came artists like Jon Pardi! I will definitely be picking up a hard copy of this album!!
I’ve been waiting months for this to drop, and was not disappointed. It’s nostalgic, in that it reminds of the country I used to listen to when I was younger. Hail Jon Pardi for keeping country alive.
Way to go Jon. Thank you for keeping true country music alive. This album is an unbelievable work of art, already listening on repeat. I highly highly recommend buying this. As a die hard fan I couldn’t be happier.
Love hearing country music that sounds like it should, with no bro-country beats and no click tracks. Thanks for delivering an album that I’m already playing start to finish! This album and Midland’s new album gave me my country music back. 👍
If you've listened to Jon Pardi, it should come as no surprise that Heartache Medication is a modern country masterpiece. Whether he's being rowdy or sentimental, Pardi delivers the goods, backed by outstanding, authentic musicianship. The rest of y'all can listen to your new-age pop-country with programmed drum loops, but I'll be right here listening to Jon Pardi because this is what country music SHOULD sound like.