Entertainment Weekly - 10/24/97, p.67
"Adkins returns with the same emotional intensity and big baritone that made his debut so impressive..."
- Rating: B
Personnel: Trace Adkins (vocals); Scott Neubert (acoustic guitar, dobro); Michael Spriggs, Mark Horne, David Grier (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Jonathan Yudkin (mandolin); Paul Franklin, Bruce Bouton (steel guitar); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); John Jarvis (organ, keyboards); Roy Huskey, Jr. (acoustic bass); Glenn Worf (bass); Eddie Bayers (drums); Dave Boyer (programming); Dennis Wilson, John Wesley Ryles, Curtis Young (background vocals).
Principally recorded at The Sound Shop and Dark Horse, Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Scott Neubert (acoustic guitar, dobro); David Grier, Michael Spriggs (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin , Bruce Bouton (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Jonathan Yudkin (mandolin); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Matt Rollings, John Jarvis (organ, keyboards); Roy M. "Junior" Husky (upright bass); Eddie Bayers (drums); Dave Boyer (programming); Curtis Young, John Wesley Ryles, Dennis Wilson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Pete Greene; Steve Tillisch.
Recording information: Dark Horse, Nashville, TN; SCruggs Sound Studio, Nashville, TN; Sound Shop Studios, Nashville, TN.
Arrangers: Scott Hendricks ; Trace Adkins.
On BIG TIME, Trace Adkins' mellow drawl and down-home sensibilities permeate most every track. Conservative and friendly, Adkins gives off a good ol' boy playfulness while occasionally tugging at the proverbial heart strings. The standard themes of love won and lost and having a good ol' time are in plentiful supply, but Adkins avoids the cliches which tend to undermine most of the new young country crowd. It is clear that he holds country tradition in high regard while keeping his sound completely contemporary.
Producers Scott Hendricks and Adkins conjure up a wide variety of moods. The kick-up-your-heels feel of "Twenty-Four Seven," "See Jane Run," "Nothin' But Taillights" and the title track should make them line dancing favorites. No self-respecting country album would be complete without a few tender moments like "The Rest Of Mine" and the superb "Out Of My Dreams." Finally, a subtle performance of the classic "Wayfaring Stranger" rounds out the set. Make no mistake, Trace Adkins is definitely in the big leagues with BIG TIME.