This second CD of Rhino's two-disc Tritt set (with each disc sold separately), mostly lives up to its title, although a couple of cuts lean more to the country side of the equation.
This second CD of Rhino's two-disc Tritt set (with each disc sold separately), mostly lives up to its title, although a couple of cuts lean more to the country side of the equation. Put simply, Tritt is a double threat and one hell of a Southern rock singer when he wants to be. His rousing take on "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" bears little resemblance to Elvis Presley's version, and in fact, blows the King away. Tritt's rapid-fire vocal on "Bible Belt" (with Little Feat) is impressive, and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington lends muscle to "Blue Collar Man." "Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof" is both funny and painfully accurate for some, and the thumping early cut "Put Some Drive in Your Country" sent a message that Tritt has lived up to ever since. "The Whiskey Ain't Workin' " is pure honk, and "Hard Times and Misery" evokes an intensity that recalls early Charlie Daniels Band. Gutsy fare like "No More Looking Over My Shoulder" and "Rough Around the Edges" are testaments to Tritt's fierce independence. Since this isn't a greatest-hits collection, one would not necessarily expect to find favorites like "Country Club" and "Here's a Quarter," but it is disappointing not to find perhaps Tritt's most rocking cut ever, "Homesick." Still, there's plenty enough sweat, grit, and testosterone to go around.—RW