is a very apt title for Trace Adkins
' third album, since it essentially offers more of the same. For some artists, this would be a harsh criticism, but not in the case of Adkins
, since he's proving himself to be one of the more reliable neo-traditionalists of the late '90s. Unlike some of his peers, Adkins
doesn't pattern his singing after any of his idols; he absorbs his influences, creating his own distinctive sound that has elements of classic honky tonk as well as blues and rock. He sounds equally convincing on heartbreak songs ("Don't Lie"), rockers ("Can I Want Your Love," "More"), honky tonk ("I'm Gonna Love You Anyway," "I Can Dig It"), and Western swing ("All Hat, No Cattle"). More...
may drag a little bit in the middle, but overall, it achieves a nice balance of performance and song, proving along the way that not only does Adkins
have and individual voice, but that he's more purely country than many of his peers.