Comin' On Strong
Album Review by: Cheryl Harvey Hill
On Strong is an appropriate title for the new Trace Adkins album and
the first single released, "Hot Mama," is just the beginning.
Although "Hot Mama" may garner the most controversy of all the
songs on this album, and "you wanna?" may become the catch
phrase of the decade, there are several more songs on this album that
come on equally as strong. You will find eleven tunes whose lyrics are
the sum and substance of country but the emotion and message they impart
is a universal one.
Adkins flawless baritone reverberates with so much depth at times that
you can actually feel your heart rebound on some of the lower notes. As
if that isn't enough, on "Then Came The Night," he recites
some of the lyrics and manages to convey an intensity of emotion with
his speaking voice that some singers can't accomplish with their best
Adkins states in his bio, "When we went in to make this album, I
got lucky and found a lot of songs that spoke to a lot of experiences
I've had; life experiences that I've been through that make me who I am.
What I care about most is finding material that's real, something I can
sing with conviction and sink myself into." No question that he
easily attains that goal with this album and apparently has no qualms
about revealing how vulnerable he can be either since the album contains
several songs that definitely impart the gentler, sadder, more insecure
feelings of love. But then, standing six foot and six inches tall, I
would imagine that no one is brave enough (or stupid enough) to imply he
is a wimp. I loved the lyrics and, like most women, I'm a sucker for a
man who isn't afraid to admit that his own feelings run the same
emotional spectrum as mine. This is a super album; marvelous lyrics set
to wonderful music.
Releasing a new album less than six months after releasing a CD of
greatest hits, takes either a lot of confidence or a lot of grit. I have
the feeling that Adkins has plenty of both and he has demonstrated,
repeatedly, that he has more than enough talent. Being reunited with
Scott Hendricks, who discovered Adkins and guided him in his early
success, just about guarantees another major run up the country charts.
You can be sure he will be Comin' On Strong.
Strong track list: Buy
2. Comin' On Strong
3. Then Came The Night
4. I'd Sure Hate to Break Down Here
5. Missing You
6. One Of Those Nights
8. Then I Wake Up
9. One Nightstand
10. Baby's Gone
11. Rough & Ready
Review by Jim Weaver:
nice... good lookin' site, well laid out, easy to navigate. Problems?
Just a few. The site does contain some fairly large FLASH files that
will take a little while to load on a dial-up modem but not too long.
There are no "fan-type" pics on display on his non-Fan-Club
site, there may be tons of them on the password protected Fan Club
portion of his site but I don't know. No downloadable promotional pics
available to the casual surfer either. No Links and no contact or
booking information. Overall though...
Please visit the website