Trace Adkins kicks off this album with the catchy, up-tempo title cut, Songs About Me, and ends about forty minutes later with the marvelous, just plain fun, tongue in cheek, "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" ("And oo wee shut my mouth, slap your grandma") but fasten your seatbelt because in between these two songs, he will have a choke hold on your emotions and weave you through more peaks and valleys than even the Great Smoky Mountains can produce.
There have been many songs about, and dedicated to, the military over the past few years but few of them (perhaps none) have been as poignantly powerful as "Arlington." I was still smiling and toe tapping from the final chords of "Songs About Me" so I was completely blindsided by this song. I should have had a clue from the mournful fiddle and mandolin at the onset of the song but it just didn't register until the chorus when I heard, "And every time I hear twenty-one guns/ I know they brought another hero home to us." I stopped the song immediately and started it over so I could really listen to the words.
In his bio, Adkins says, "I record songs I can believe in and sing with conviction" and you can feel the emotional commitment on this song. "Arlington" is a fitting anthem to all veterans and the depth and breadth with which Adkins delivers the lyrics, clearly adds to the significance of the tribute. If you have ever been to Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC, or just seen photos of the rows and rows and rows of simple white crosses, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, or the Vietnam Memorial Wall there; this song will affect you even more. As an Army veteran, who is married to a career soldier, it certainly impacted my consciousness in a major way. The song is in memory of Marine Corporal Patrick Nixon but kudos and a heartfelt Army "hooah" to songwriters Jeremy Spillman and Dave Turnbull for their compassionate songwriting.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire album but in addition to the songs I already mentioned, I think "I Wish it Was You" has all the right ingredients to be a hit song and "I Learned How to Love From You" is a marvelously sung, simple ode to love and love lost. Adkins deep baritone reverberates with so much feeling from such a quiet place on this song; it's beautifully romantic.
Scott Hendricks and Dann Huff, co-producers of the album, have clearly figured out how to bring out the very best "badonkadonk" in Adkins. This one is a definite keeper. Quality material from start to finish.
Rating: BUY IT!
Trace Adkins - Songs About Me CD track list:
Real People Reviews
I just wanted to thank you, the first time and every time
since I heard the song "Arlington", I stop what I am dong, take my hat off and unconsciously stand at a modified parade rest. But again, thank you for honoring those that some forgot have given them their freedoms, even if it is exercising
"their" kind of freedom of speech, protesting their troops and their own government.
I loved that CD and I think Trace did a wonderful job on every song especially ''ARLINGTON'', what a wonderful tribute to our fallen
heroes, it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. But anything
Trace Adkins sings is great because I think he is a awesome singer, man,
very humble and you can tell how much he loves his family and is very appreciative of
his Fan club members.
I love this cd although everyone of his recordings are great this one does have some powerful
It has all been said - this is a GREAT CD - I have them all and love them all. Everyone will love this CD, not just us hardcore Trace fans. This man tells it all, you'll laugh, cry and swoon . . . . BUY IT!
this CD as well as all the others. He's one GREAT ARTIST!!!
I think this album is one of the best Trace has ever recorded. Trace puts such emotion into all of his songs. That is what sets him apart from so many other male country stars. You won't be sorry if you buy this album. Nobody does it better than Trace. The song
"Arlington" is such a heartfelt tribute to all our veterans and of course, no other person could sing that song with as much emotion as Trace. Thank you Trace for recording it. And of course, nobody, and I mean nobody can sing a song like
"Bring It On" but the one and only Trace Adkins. If you don't already have this album, buy it. You won't be sorry.
This album is a must have for any music lover. There is something for everyone. It has country, rock and blues. A little heartache mixed in with a fun ending song that will have your toes tapping.
Trace’s tribute to our fallen hero’s is truly amazing – “Arlington” is destined to become a patriotic classic.
This is a must have album – you won’t regret your purchase.
I personally feel this is the best CD Trace Adkins has ever done. It gets down to the nitty gritty about what Life really is about.
It is a CD, as he says that is sung with a lot of conviction, and even his song Arlington is done in a way that he is not promoting the war, or trying to make money by singing a song because there happens to be a war going on right now.
This is his best CD so far. One song may bring a tear to your eye and then the next one makes you laugh. This is a real keeper.
I love every song on that CD but "Arlington" touches me the most,
Trace is a very humble and caring man and he says and sings what he believes