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Trace Adkins

American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II – 2007 (Capitol Nashville)

Reviewed by Dawn Pomento

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So far, the biggest hit on Trace Adkins's latest greatest hits is "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," a crossover song that borders on novelty status. (See, it's a country song using urban slang spread by cable TV - and the title rhymes.) But Adkins's release features 3 brand new songs, and 1 of them could outstrip that 2005 hit. The most likely contender is "I Got My Game On," which sounds like it might pick up in the same honky tonk where the other hit took place, judging from the lyrics: "The little hottie at the bar just gave me a wink. Flashed my platinum card and buy her a drink. From that look she's giving me, it's a damn good thing I've got my game on."

The new songs were intended for a new studio album, but Adkins's career took a different track, and he'll be appearing on the celebrity addition of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice." That change led to the second greatest hits collection in Adkins' s 12-year career. There's one song, "Chrome" that's on both greatest hits CDs.

Adkins doesn't write the songs, but he's good at sounding as if he did. These 13 songs, including "Ladies Love Country Boys," "Hot Mama" an "Songs About Me," make a cohesive whole and a great introduction to Adkins for folks who appreciate catchy hook sung in a reassuring baritone. If the CD is meant especially as an introduction to Adkins's career for curious TV viewers, it's not a bad calling card at all.