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Trent Willmon

A Little More Livin' – 2006 (Columbia)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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It would be easy to say Trent Willmon is going through a sophomore slump, but he hardly made a dent with his self-titled album in 2004. The main reason for that is Willmon's generic sound, which is indistinguishable from hundreds of other songs on country radio. Empty lyrics don't help his cause either. Try these on for size - "The sun is shining, the birds are singing and so am I."

Willmon irresponsibly takes on "On Again Tonight" as his new single. During the chorus, he sounds like an amateur trying to tackle an '80s hair band tune. The West Texan is much more in his element with cowboy ballads "At the Ropin' Pen" and "Good Horses to Ride."

Unfortunately for listeners, these songs are buried as the eighth and last track on the 11-song disc. Willmon should hope that listeners are willing to listen through the forgettable elements to find these two gems.