Travis Tritt is one of country music's most soulful and versatile vocalists, equally adept at Southern rock swagger and understated ballads.

Travis Tritt is one of country music's most soulful and versatile vocalists, equally adept at Southern rock swagger and understated ballads. On his ninth release, he tilts more toward the former, making a statement out of the box on the ornery "Honky-Tonk History" and following suit with a thumpin' (if lyrically challenged) "The Girl's Gone Wild." The Georgian's take on Delbert McClinton's "Monkey Around" is a boogie romp, and the stone-country ballads "Circus Leaving Town" and "Small Doses" are classic Tritt. But this set is mostly about attitude. The hell-raising "When in Rome" is a true barn burner that, like much of this album, fits perfectly in the current stormy country climate. Muzik Mafia notwithstanding, let's not forget that Tritt wrote the book on this stuff.—RW

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