Trace Adkins - Big Time
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Big Time (Capitol Nashville, 1997)

Trace Adkins

Reviewed by Chuck Hamilton

Trace Adkins may have the perfect resume for a country singer. He's played some of the smokiest honky tonks in Texas, he's gotten banged up in a few motor vehicle pileups, and he's taken a bullet from an angry spouse. (Forget the albums, let's see the autobiography.) But most important of all he owns a soulful baritone voice that's custom-made for country music.

You'd like to be able to say the material matches the talent, but you can't, and it doesn't. On too many occasions, producer Scott Hendricks takes the paint-by-numbers route. On those less formulaic tracks however, Adkins really soars. On "The Rest of Mine," a stone country tune he co-wrote and sang at his wedding, he delivers the goods about as well as anyone out there. The cutesy "See Jane Run," on the other hand, proves little, except that the bubble-gumming of country music is alive and well. All in all, this guy's got a killer album in him. Unfortunately, this'n ain't it.

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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