Country singer, actor and Celebrity Apprentice star Trace Adkins is back in action with his 11th studio effort, Love Will…, which isn’t set the hit stores for another couple of weeks on May 14th, but we got our hands on an advanced copy to review here at The Music Universe.
As expected, the title describes the album perfectly. All of the tracks are more slower in tempo than his previous ten efforts, and all have to do with love in some way. I was expecting at least one rockin’ honky tonk song that would be perfect to play at a party or bonfire, but I just didn’t hear that in these tracks.
That doesn’t mean Adkins doesn’t shine with this record. He is full of surprises, especially with the unexpected duet with pop icon Colbie Caillat on “Watch The World End.” He goes a bit gospel on the title track with the Harlem Gospel Choir backing him up and invited ’70s country group Exile to sing on his cover of their hit “Kiss You All Over Again” which is a stand out track on the disc.
My favorite song on the album is “If The Sun Comes Up” which is a very well written and powerful ballad that talks about dying. My favorite line is “If the sun comes up without me tomorrow you’ll be fine, just let it shine on you.”
I really like his way of explaining love in “When I Stop Loving You.” The lyrics describe all the things that won’t be happening when his love stops: “No bluegrass in Kentucky, Vegas won’t be lucky…when I stop loving you.” I think the song is perfect for country radio.
I think Adkins took risk with this album and that it will pay off when released. I expected a little more from it, but his die hard fans will absolutely love it! It’s a mellow album that features a few catchy songs. Trace Adkins Love Will… will be available in stores and online everywhere music is sold on May 14th.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Author: Buddy Iahn
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