Love Will . . . by Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins hasn’t broken every bone in his body, but he’s got a respectable fracture count. He’s been shot . . . through the heart. He was a roughneck on an offshore oil rig. He’s taken on politicians in D.C., music industry executives in Nashville and even The Donald on TV.
So what are we to think when country music’s quintessential tough guy releases an album of love songs? How ’bout “Good on ya, Trace!”
Oh, don’t be mistaken. Love Will . . . isn’t a collection of schmoopy, saccharine ballads. The songs are solid and lyrically diverse, exploring love—from the unrequited kind of “So What If I Do” to the eternal in “Watch the World End” to the downright heartbreaking in “If the Sun Comes Up.”
But it isn’t all serious—come on, it is Trace, after all. In “Say No to a Woman,” Trace rues the strong charms of the weaker sex. The lighthearted look at the many faces of a woman in “Every One of You” is sure to evoke a smile from men who recognize their lady and women who recognize themselves in the sweetly schizophrenic lyric.
And Trace’s smooth baritone collaboration with Exile on the band’s mega-smash “Kiss You All Over” oozes sensuality, remaining true to the original arrangement.
Perhaps that’s the best part of Love Will . . . Where songs like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Ladies Love Country Boys” are valid, fun hits, they aren’t quite the vocal showcases for one of the most overlooked male singers in country music.
His low end can make your chest rattle and his high-end falsetto can bring a tear to your eye. Let it.