Jimmie Allen is taking over the country world.
To those who have followed his career the last couple of years, his 15 track debut album, Mercury Lane, comes as no surprise. From a self-titled EP to a handful of singles, Allen already proved he could stand his ground in Nashville, and this album solidifies it.
Named after the street he grew up on, Mercury Lane draws from Allen’s upbringing in small town Delaware. Songs like “21” and “High Life” reminisce about being a certain age and all the highs and lows that come with it. Allen gets more personal with songs such as “Wait For It,” a nod to how success doesn’t always happen in one night, or even one year; and the song “Underdogs” which is self-explanatory, but shows how Allen perhaps views himself in the industry.
His first single off the album “Best Shot” may seem like Allen is singing it to that special person, but he describes that it was written with his son and his younger siblings in mind. He wants to be that role model for them, and to show how he worked hard and never game up on his dreams.
There are plenty of love songs to please the masses too such as “Deserve to Be,” (co written with LANCO drummer Tripp Howell) “Like You Do,” “How To Be Single,” and “Make Me Want To.” All of which have a Dan and Shay with an R&B flair to them. How can you go wrong?
The album kicks off with the track “American Heartbreaker,” a fun, upbeat song, describing his love interest as a Jack and Diane song. With mentions of apple pie and Sweet Home Alabama, this song mixes flavors of classic songs, and country love. Sounds like a country song to me. However, “Back of Your Mind” takes a more pop sounding direction, showing Allen’s range, and crossover potential.
Just in case you wanted a more country sound, fear not. Allen sprinkles in fun and fresh sounding songs to well repeated themes within country music. “Boy Gets a Truck” and “County Lines” provide those familiar stories of how a perhaps a truck is at the circle of life, from teenager, to married life, and to passing it to your child. “County Lines” isn’t as obvious a country song (the tune ‘No Diggity’ is mentioned) but nonetheless, Allen does a great job of coming off as genuine and relatable in all his songs.
Allen co-wrote 8 out of the 15 tracks, and it is most evident in “Warrior” and “All Tractors Ain’t Green.” The latter describes Allen as being an outsider in country music, as he grew up in Delaware, nowhere near a hay field, but his love for country music is something that can’t be taken away. This song is his anthem, asking for fans to take a chance on a guy who maybe doesn’t sound, or even look the same as other country artists. “Warrior” is a tribute to Allen’s mother and grandmother, both strong, influential women in Allen’s life.
Personality, fun, uplifting, spirited, and fresh can describe each and every one of the songs on Jimmie Allen’s first album. At one point during his journey to make it as an artist, Allen was living out of his car. With this album, I don’t think he will ever need to worry about that again. Jimmie is making people remember his name.