A truly welcome return.
Not known as a songwriter, Adkins has an innate ability to make a song his own, as is the case with the seemingly autobiographical 'Happy to Be Here' and the family-first 'All I Ask for Anymore.'
Trace Adkins's 10th album has the typical components of the rock-bottom-baritone singer's records. There's the usual sonic mix of country, rock, and blues and the usual lyrical viewpoints.
Minogue's tenth album arrives on the heels of her battle with breast cancer; thankfully, the experience hasn't made her music discernibly deeper.
On the rest of the album the strength of his singing is less evident; it never makes your jaw drop while you're listening. But it's a key reason this album is so enjoyable.
Likability has got Kylie Minogue this far, and it pulls her through again--even the weak tracks on X have a sparky enthusiasm that makes their magpie modernism sound less cynical.
X is business as usual for a Kylie Minogue album: a handful of great tracks surrounded by stuff that's so obviously filler you could inject it into cavity walls and save up to 33% on your energy bills.
Though X doesn't raise Ms. Minogue's own high standards, it does sometimes meet them.
His serious side is more compelling.
Immediately following 'Heart Beat Rock,' we are treated to a long stream of high-class filler.