Armed with an imposing presence and a big, bold, bodacious baritone, it is surprising that major stardom has eluded Trace Adkins.

Armed with an imposing presence and a big, bold, bodacious baritone, it is surprising that major stardom has eluded Trace Adkins. Here, he reunites with producer Scott Hendricks, and once again, it is a solid, commercially viable pairing. Lead single "Hot Mama" is a randy romp, while the title cut is a panoramic midtempo that Adkins delivers with authority. He has a real way with a ballad, well-demonstrated on "Then Came the Night" and "Untamed." Adkins lends a world-weary credibility to "I'd Sure Hate to Break Down Here" and "Baby's Gone," then smolders on the hard-charging "One of Those Nights." He struts his good-ol'-boy stuff on the likable redneck rampage "Rough & Ready," which will never receive radio airplay but perfectly showcases the utter coolness of being uncool.—RW