Songs About Me

Songs About Me

4.6 3
by Trace Adkins
     
 

In the midst of the title track's aggressive southern rock, Trace Adkins describes his music as "country...mixed with a little rock and a little blues," a right-on summation of his sound on this disc. These songs may not be exactly, precisely, indisputably about Adkins, but their themes inspire uniformly thoughtful, deeply emotional performances, and his muscular… See more details below

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In the midst of the title track's aggressive southern rock, Trace Adkins describes his music as "country...mixed with a little rock and a little blues," a right-on summation of his sound on this disc. These songs may not be exactly, precisely, indisputably about Adkins, but their themes inspire uniformly thoughtful, deeply emotional performances, and his muscular baritone has never been so effectively employed over the course of an album. With a potent band behind him (its members include Aubrey Haynie on fiddle and Bryan Sutton on guitar), Adkins confidently steers his way through a couple of touching ballads and some raucous workouts centered on themes of love, family, friendship, sacrifice, and the old in-out. Haynie sets the stage with an evocative fiddle intro on the meditative "Arlington," as the singer delivers a measured, proud testimony told from the point of a view of a fallen soldier being laid to rest a "thousand stones away" from his granddad in the field of honor. "My Way Back Home" fuses country with a touch of R&B and adds a searing '80s-style rock guitar solo in buttressing a story about never forgetting "where I'm from." Offering himself up as a safe haven for a troubled, lonely soul in "Bring It On," Adkins matches the band's white heat with a gritty, bluesy vocal that more than holds its own against the pounding drums and wailing guitar lines driving the whole thing home. Toss in a couple of juicy, overtly salacious odes to the joys of the flesh (the country blues-based "Baby I'm Home" and the intentionally silly dancehall barnburner, "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"), and Songs About Me sounds like it's about us too -- very human, in a phrase.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's not entirely a coincidence that Trace Adkins sounds like a streamlined Toby Keith on his sixth album, Songs About Me, since Keith was the biggest country star of the 2000s, or at least the biggest star who shares Adkins' low, deep voice and taste for traditional country. But it's not entirely fair to peg Adkins as a Keith wannabe, either, since Trace has been around as long as Toby, and has mined a similar neo-traditionalist vein for just as long. Still, Songs About Me has the self-conscious air of a Nashville studio product, one that's tailored to a specific sensibility and sound -- one that's not far removed from either Adkins' previous work or Keith's current music, but still feels like it was made with the rough, ready, red-state mentality of the mid-2000s in mind. This sober professionalism has its drawbacks -- everything from the production to the lyrics is a little too studied, and it can't help but pale in comparison to Keith's bawdy, robust redneck anthems -- but it also has its advantages, particularly because Adkins is an assured, professional singer who can sell this material even when it's at its most generic. That he can't quite make it transcend the generic is nothing to fault him for -- if he had better songs, a livelier setting, or a looser production, he might have been able to make this take off -- and even if Songs About Me isn't much more than a solid piece of craftsmanship, it's quite enjoyable at that level.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Liberty
UPC:
0724386451224
catalogNumber:
64512

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trace Adkins   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
David Angell   Violin
Bruce Bouton   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Gordon Mote   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Conductor,Viola
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Scotty Sanders   Pedal Steel Guitar
DeWayne Strobel   Electric Guitar
Jeff King   Electric Guitar
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy Falcon   Composer
Tim Mensy   Composer
David Angell   String Section
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Derek Bason   Engineer,Digital Editing
Steve Bogard   Composer
John Catchings   String Section
Connie Ellisor   String Section
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Jim Grosjean   String Section
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,overdub engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
Anthony LaMarchina   Arranger,String Section
Steve Nathan   Composer
Chris Rowe   Digital Editing
George Teren   Composer
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   String Section
Kris Wilkinson   String Section
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Shaye Smith   Composer
Shane Minor   Composer
Chris Wallin   Composer
Randy Houser   Composer
Adam Ayan   Mastering
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Chip Matthews   Engineer
Mike Connors   Digital Editing
Fred Wilhelm   Composer
Jamey Johnson   Composer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Dave Turnbull   Composer
Dylan Altman   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer

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