Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Pop
Graced with one of 2001's most distinct voices, Adkins begins by sinking his leathery growl into the title number--a rap track, but one possessing enough wit to avoid falling into gimmickry. From there, the curve is upward... more »
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Graced with one of 2001's most distinct voices, Adkins begins by sinking his leathery growl into the title number--a rap track, but one possessing enough wit to avoid falling into gimmickry. From there, the curve is upward. The hit "I'm Tryin'," a simple inspirational message wrapped in a complex arrangement, possesses strength and integrity too rarely seen in hit singles. Adkins's real-life blue-collar past imbues "Thankful Man" with a believability missing when such songs wind up in the hands of singers from middle-class college backgrounds. While keeping the otherwise mundane "Scream" and "Once a Fool Ago" above water, he rises above the norm with "I'm Goin' Back." This take on the timeless country-boy-hates-the-big-city scenario succeeds on every level, even if the word "discern" seems a bit out of place. The excruciating anguish of "Help Me Understand" and the self-explanatory "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow" exemplify power ballads done right. The message? One can make a record that reconciles the normally disparate virtues of commerciality and honesty. --Rich Kienzle
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Sabrinia P. (DreamADreamWithU) from LINDEN, VA
Reviewed on 3/7/2007...
One of his best cds! A CD I can listen to without skipping around!
The best voice in country has the best album!
DanD | 11/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Trace Adkins has been singing for a few years now, but people haven't necessarily given him the recognition he deserves. Maybe this CD will change their minds. CHROME is loaded with hits, and it will keep you dancin' the night away!
The opening track is also the title track, telling the story of a girl who loves semis and cars and...Well, "Chrome"! The next song--"Help Me Understand"--is a typical breakup song, but with Adkins loaning it his voice, it's a masterpiece. "Once Upon A Fool Ago" is basically an uptempo version of "Understand," with the same ups and downs. "I'm Tryin'" is the ballad of a man struggling through life, never giving up. It's the anthem our country needs during these tryin times. It is followed by a similar-themed--and just as good--"Thankful Man." Adkins co-wrote the following track, "I'm Payin' For It Now", and takes the breakup song and gives it a somewhat sarcastic edge. "And There Was You" is maybe the album's lowpoint, but even it has it's ups. "Come Home" is again a song about love gone wrong, this time with the singer pleading his case. On track nine, "Scream", Adkins gives what may be his best work; that is, taking a song that could be considered pop, adding a country feel, and topping it off with his baritone voice. "I'm Goin' Back" is a humorous look at why the country is better than the city. "Give Me You" is off-kilter from most of the album--a song about the good side of love. The CD finishes off with "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow", a powerful ballad that will linger in your head for days afterward.
CHROME is Trace Adkins's best work yet. I know you'll like it; if, however, you don't, you might want to get your ears examined--because something's very wrong! Buy this CD, and if your ears are okay, you'll enjoy it always."
Jason Kowalski | Rochester, NY | 10/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD could not get any better. I remember when his More....CD came out, that was the first time I heard of him. Now, he is probably one of my favorite singers of all time! What an incredible voice! If you like Toby Keith or Ray Benson from Asleep At The Wheel, you will definitely like Trace. The power behind his voice, almost gives you chills down your spine. With the song "I'm Trying", this CD could not get any better. The message behind that song is so important to daily life. On another song, he has an little Irish influence in it as well. He may do ballads, but with his voice, he makes them power ballads. This CD is one you can keep in your car, and be cruising to. Great work Trace!!!!"