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Comin' On StrongTrace Adkins, a real-deal roughneck with an earth-moving baritone, tends to extremes of up-tempo attitude or fist-clenching melodrama on Comin' On...Comin' On StrongTrace Adkins, a real-deal roughneck with an earth-moving baritone, tends to extremes of up-tempo attitude or fist-clenching melodrama on Comin' On...2003-12-29

Comin' On Strong

Lead Performer: Trace Adkins; Producer (group): Capitol Nashville; Status: In Season

Trace Adkins, a real-deal roughneck with an earth-moving baritone, tends to extremes of up-tempo attitude or fist-clenching melodrama on Comin’ On Strong. He’s best in between, as with ”Baby’s Gone,” a moving mea culpa, or the title track, which suggests George Strait with a sexier voice. Too bad the well-written oil-driller song ”Missing You” gets waterlogged with strings. ”Untamed” captures the CD’s key shortcoming: His tough talk can get neutered by production as tame as soft-rock radio.

Originally posted December 29 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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