Chrome

Chrome

4.6 3
by Trace Adkins
     
 

On the boisterous Chrome, Trace Adkins not only shows off masterful vocal chops; he also stands foursquare with those folks whose collars are a deep shade of blue and whose hearts are earnest, if sometimes misled. This mind-set comes naturally to Adkins, a burly former oilfield roughneck, but you don't need to know his biography to appreciate the credibility heSee more details below

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On the boisterous Chrome, Trace Adkins not only shows off masterful vocal chops; he also stands foursquare with those folks whose collars are a deep shade of blue and whose hearts are earnest, if sometimes misled. This mind-set comes naturally to Adkins, a burly former oilfield roughneck, but you don't need to know his biography to appreciate the credibility he brings to his performances here. The surging "I'm Tryin' " finds a weary Adkins describing a litany of soul-draining events -- from working double shifts to dealing with a money-grubbing ex-wife -- but vowing to keep on believing in a better day. A family values anthem, "Thankful Man" uses a propulsive beat and a forceful vocal to honor the enduring gifts given by his parents -- work ethic, values, and love -- which add up to "a real good life." It figures that a fellow so steeped in the traditional would be a fish out of water in decadent L.A. In the half-spoken, half-sung "I'm Goin' Back," Adkins describes enervating encounters with bad air, chaotic freeways, and cross-dressing males, for starters, and vows -- to the strains of a roiling hard-country soundscape full of pounding drums, protesting guitars, wailing pedal steel lines, and a backwoodsy Jew's harp -- to return to the America he recognizes. But before he doth protest too much, Adkins turns tender, on a heartfelt "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow," which finds him crooning seductively on measured versers and giving the chorus the full, open-hearted gusto it begs for. Chrome has that distinctive shine about it all through its dozen tracks.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
It's not uncommon for the tell-it-like-it-is, six-and-a-half-foot Adkins to say things like the following: "I'm first and foremost interested in the lyrics on anything I record. It sounds like it sounds, but the most important thing is the words." Perhaps that's why he elected to choose Nashville's "pop" producer Dann Huff, who lends himself to commercial country songs that get lots of radio airtime. That's not to say Adkins has abandoned his progressive old-time country roots. Album number four is just a little bit more of a discriminatory mix of traditional classics and up-tempo contemporaries that listeners are not used to hearing from him. But the 12-track collection certainly works at that, all the while staying true to what he's known for. You've got to love the way this guy sings bass. Praiseworthy tunes include the nebulous "Chrome," the overly prideful "Once Upon a Fool Ago," and the excitable "Scream."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353061821
catalogNumber:
30618
Rank:
94132

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trace Adkins   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Keyboards
Eric Darken   Percussion
Curtis Wright   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Drums
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Tim Coats   Jew's Harp
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Thomas Flora   Background Vocals
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Tony Harrell   Piano
Steve Hinson   Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Keyboards
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry MacPherson   Electric Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Greg Morrow   Drums
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Alison Prestwood   Bass
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Jonathan Yudkin   Mandolin,Violin,Cello
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Trey Bruce   Percussion
Brian D. Siewert   Synthesizer
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Aubry Hayne   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Jeff Balding   Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
John Kunz   Engineer
Glenn Meadows   Mastering
Chris Rowe   Digital Editing
Terrance Bruce   Programming
Trey Bruce   Producer
David Buchanan   Engineer
Shawn Simpson   Digital Editing
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Jason Garner   Engineer

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