What I Do

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What I Do
Studio album by Alan Jackson
Released September 7, 2004
Genre Country
Length 44:43
Label Arista Nashville
Producer Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson chronology
The Very Best of Alan Jackson
What I Do
Precious Memories

What I Do is the tenth studio album by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released on September 7, 2004, and produced four singles for Jackson on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Too Much of a Good Thing" and "Monday Morning Church" both reached #5, while "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" and "USA Today" both reached #18.

The Wrights, a duo composed of Adam and Shannon Wright (the former of whom is Jackson's nephew) are featured as background vocalists on "If Love Was a River", which they also co-wrote. Adam Wright also wrote the track "Strong Enough".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (80/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
BBC Music (favorable) [3]
Blender 4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [1]
The New York Times (favorable) [5]
People 4/4 stars [6]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [8]
The Village Voice (positiv) [9]

Giving the album all four stars, People magazine said on the album that Jackson "continues to sound more and more like Merle Haggard, which is tantamount to approaching perfection."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Too Much of a Good Thing" (Alan Jackson) – 3:10
  2. "Rainy Day in June" (Jackson) – 4:40
  3. "USA Today" (Jackson) – 3:26
  4. "If Love Was a River" (Adam Wright, Shannon Wright) – 3:54
  5. "If French Fries Were Fat Free" (Jackson) – 4:16
  6. "You Don't Have to Paint Me a Picture" (Jackson) – 3:45
  7. "There Ya Go" (Dan Hill, Keith Stegall) – 3:13
  8. "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" (Dennis Linde) – 2:58
  9. "Strong Enough" (A. Wright) – 4:04
  10. "Monday Morning Church" (Brent Baxter, Erin Enderlin) – 3:23
  11. "Burnin' the Honky Tonks Down" (Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp) – 4:53
  12. "To Do What I Do" (Tim Johnson) – 3:00
    • live recording


Year Title Chart Positions
US Country US
2004 "Too Much of a Good Thing" 5 46
"Monday Morning Church" 5 54
2005 "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" 18 99
"USA Today" 18 107

Chart performance[edit]

What I Do debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 selling 139,000 copies, becoming his third #1 album, and #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his seventh #1 country album. In October 2004, What I Do was certified Platinum by the RIAA.


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Preceded by
Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 19, 2004 - September 25, 2004
Succeeded by
Suit by Nelly
Preceded by
Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
Top Country Albums number-one album
September 25 - October 1, 2004
Succeeded by
Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw