Trace Adkins "X"
Label: Capitol Nashville
Trace Adkins' 10th album is a class act: the poignant songs ("Happy to Be Here," "All I Ask for Anymore," "Sometimes a Man") are rich with melancholy and the sassy songs ("Sweet," "Marry for Money," "Hillbilly Rich") are saucier than ever. "Til the Last Shot" is the heart-wrenching highlight, though. An epic tale of war, loss and respect for those on the front lines, the choir-lined beauty is neither pro war nor against it; rather, it centers on the inevitability of death, no matter the cause.