The 10 largely upbeat songs on Trace Adkins' 10th album reveals a more mature, thoughtful performer who still likes to have a little fun but appreciates where he's at these days. That can't be easy for a guy who's experienced his share of tough times through a 15-year career. He was shot by his second wife, had a pinkie finger severed in an accident (it was reattached) and lost his house in June to a fire. Yet Adkins turns away from tragedy and reflects on the positives in his life. He's remarried and has three kids, allowing him to revel in the natural high of a good woman on the bluesy Love Buzz
, then shuffle through the sweet love song Poor Folks
His plaintive vocals on Just Fishin' reveal not only the love but the trepidation at what's ahead for a dad out on the lake with his little girl, then shrugs his shoulders like a loyal, but perplexed husband on It's a Woman Thang. Adkins actually makes the title cut believable despite the opening line "If I was down to my last dollar."
If you're headed to Target, check Adkins' deluxe edition for four extra songs. He takes a front-porch debate swipe at the politicians in Washington with More of Us and gives a reverent nod to the Marine Corps on Semper Fi. But Damn You Bubba and his Joe Stampley-Moe Bandy-esque duo with Blake Shelton on If I was a Woman makes a trip to your local big-box worth it.
Deluxe version or not, Adkins should not only be proud of where he's at, but of his new album as well.