Trace Adkins - Comin' on Strong
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Comin' on Strong (Capitol Nashville, 2003)

Trace Adkins

Reviewed by Robert Loy

Trace Adkins has always flirted with his sex symbol image, but on here, he seems to have abandoned even the pretense of fighting it and given himself over to that side of his personality entirely. Fully 9 out of the 11 tracks are about love, and mostly not the hearts and flowers kind. It's more the tangled sheets and moaning kind. This album is so erotically charged that after a few tracks, one starts to wonder if maybe the title itself isn't a double entendre.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. Country hasn't really had their own version of Barry White's background bedroom music - at least not since Conway Twitty's heyday. But Adkins might be the man for the job. The first single "One Hot Mama" is an erotic ode to married lust. (And kudos for the hilariously sexy rhyming of "a sauna" with "You wanna?") "Then Came the Night" veers into R-rated territory with a remembrance of a man's first time with details involving sweating, screaming and clawing. Even the tunes not overtly concerning the carnal are not for kids. "Rough and Ready" is a rap with the lines "Scarred-up knuckles/Mack belt Buckle / White T-Shirt / Ain't afraid to work / Got a what-are-you-looking-at-asshole" smirk." On "One Nightstand," the singer flirts with suicide.

This is a mature work from a mature artist intended for a mature audience.

CDs by Trace Adkins

Ain't That Kind of Cowboy, 2020 Something's Going On, 2017 Live Country DVD, 2015 The King's Gift, 2013 Proud To Be Here, 2011 Cowboy's Back in Town, 2010 X, 2008 American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II, 2007 Dangerous Man, 2006 Songs About Me, 2005

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