What I Do

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For the album by George Canyon, see What I Do (George Canyon album).
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
Singles from What I Do
  1. "Too Much of a Good Thing"
    Released: June 21, 2004
  2. "Monday Morning Church"
    Released: October 11, 2004
  3. "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues"
    Released: March 21, 2005
  4. "USA Today"
    Released: August 22, 2005

What I Do is the twelfth 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. Making it the first album of his career not to produce any #1 hits.

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 [9]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [7]
The Village Voice (positiv) [8]

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."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Too Much of a Good Thing" Alan Jackson 3:08
2. "Rainy Day in June" Jackson 4:40
3. "USA Today" Jackson 3:26
4. "If Love Was a River" (background vocals: The Wrights) 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" (background vocals: Patty Loveless) Brent Baxter, Erin Enderlin 3:23
11. "Burnin' the Honky Tonks Down" (background vocals: Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys) Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp 4:53
12. "To Do What I Do" (live recording) Tim Johnson 3:00


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. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in October 2004.


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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