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Rodney Atkins To “Take A Back Road” On New Album

Andy Ellis | Arts & Entertainment Editor | 10-12-2011

It can be dangerous for country music artists to let more than a few years go by without releasing new music.  Sometimes so much time passes between releases that the audience forgets about the singer, no matter how successful they were, and moves on to the next big thing.

Rodney Atkins’ debut, “Honesty,” didn’t do too much for him, and many forgot about him.  Three years later he released “If You’re Goin’ Through Hell” and spawned four consecutive number ones that made him a household name to all fans of country music.

He then came out with “It’s America,” the title track of which gave him another number one, but the other singles fell short of the top spot.  He released “Farmer’s Daughter” that peaked at number five on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, and helped recreate a lot of the buzz that he earned from his 2006 release.  Even though “It’s America” was re-released with the title song topping off the album it also tops off his new album, “Take A Back Road.”

Now, if you’re looking for a country album that will break new territory in country music, then this isn’t the album for you.  However, if you are just eagerly awaiting new Rodney Atkins music, you won’t be disappointed.  Atkins has said that he just tries to pick songs that he thinks his fans will be able to relate to.  This album does just that, with 13 songs touching on subjects that the average person can empathize with.

Whether it’s about getting away from the city on the title track, a father giving a son advice before he leaves home on “The Corner,” a man’s tale about finding out he’s in the doghouse on “She’d Rather Fight,” or a song about those people who are always there for you on “Lifelines.”

There is no question that this new release is full of radio-friendly material.  The songs I mentioned above are definitely worthy candidates for future singles.  I personally don’t see this winning any awards, but in no way does that mean that it’s not a good album.  In the end, if you’ve enjoyed what Atkins has released in the past, then chances are you won’t be disappointed with this one.
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆