Since his first album in 2006, Jake Owen has struggled to separate himself from the deluge of good-time male rockers to emerge in country music in recent years. His fourth album, "Days Of Gold," continues his streak of inconsistency, blending effective slice-of-life songs with generic tunes about partying and drinking.
As a vocalist, Owen displays more nuance and power than in the past. The problem is that some of his best performances come on songs steeped in contemporary Nashville clichés.
The high alcohol content "Tall Glass Of Something" makes rhymes out of names of popular cocktails and sugary shooters — wasting a distinctively fun arrangement by producer Joey Moi. Similarly, "1972" fills its lyrics with names of classic rock acts and hit songs from 40 years ago.