Comin' on Strong

Comin' on Strong

by Trace AdkinsTrace Adkins


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When it comes to adult love, Trace Adkins isn't nearly as lubricious as was Conway Twitty, the king of the style; rather, Adkins offers a darker view of an overactive libido and its ensuing consequences. Which is not to suggest he doesn't have some fun along the way: The rock-hard album opener, "Hot Mama," finds him coming on to a mature woman whose extra years have only enhanced her sex appeal. But the heart of the album is a clutch of songs that look deep into the dark heart of love gone awry or simply too long denied. "Missing You," a ballad rife with steady thumping tension, recounts a working stiff's restless countdown until the moment he can be reunited with the woman he loves, its ascending chorus evoking his agonizing yearning. Fiddles, pungent electric guitar lines, and pounding drums set the scene for "I'd Hate to Break Down Here," which describes a car sputtering while metaphorically evoking the plaintive cry of a man trying to keep his soul together at the end of a love affair. On the subject of regret, though, nothing tops the clever, mid-tempo treatise "One Nightstand," which sets a mood of abject sorrow with piano, strings, and acoustic guitar, a perfect backdrop for the narrator's tale of a wanton affair and its family-shattering aftermath. Music with some meat on the bone, this is good work by one of country's reliable hit-makers.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2003
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724354051722
catalogNumber: 40517
Rank: 104263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trace Adkins   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Harmonica,Electric Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Steve Hinson   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Drums,Shaker
Gordon Mote   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Alison Prestwood   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Trey Bruce   Percussion
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Kilzer   Composer
Brian White   Composer
Tim Mensy   Composer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Mark Sanders   Composer
George Teren   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Chuck Jones   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Trey Bruce   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Buchanan   Engineer
Blair Mackichan   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Jess Brown   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Shawn Simpson   Engineer
Greg Motycka   Engineer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction

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