On his seventh Capitol release, Trace Adkins, he of the rumbling baritone and imposing presence, showcases more of the style and confidence that has made him one of country's more enduring stars.

On his seventh Capitol release, Trace Adkins, he of the rumbling baritone and imposing presence, showcases more of the style and confidence that has made him one of country's more enduring stars. Adkins has earned much of his success at radio with uptempos and attitude, and he has that in spades here with the rousing barroom rocker "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," which sounds like a monster hit out of the box. But his ace in the hole has always been sultry, slow-burn ballads. Really, no one in country music today can deliver a ballad quite like Adkins, and here he kills with the insistent "Baby, I'm Home" and the slow-rollin' romance of "Find Me a Preacher." The soaring, regretful "I Wish It Was You" is produced like a great Jimmy Webb-via-Glen Campbell classic to great effect, and "Arlington" is a touching tribute given major authority by Adkins' vocal. Finally, the title cut is seriously strong, showcasing with guts and flair what country music and Trace Adkins are all about.—RW