November 22, 2008
While Trace Adkins’ formulaic “You’re Gonna Miss This” was received well (likely partly due to his high-profile appearances on Celebrity Apprentice), his more unconventional ballads like the gospel-flavored “Muddy Water”, the thoughtful “Arlington” and the gritty “I Wanna Feel Something” have not been as successful as his decidedly muscular up-tempo singles that started with “Songs About Me” and continued with “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Ladies Love Country Boys.”
This is unfortunate because Adkins doubtlessly turns in his best performances on these slow songs that radio almost seems to categorically reject. Hopefully though, radio won’t make the foolish mistake of ignoring his latest ballad, though it’s his third slow song in a row, because his latest single, “I Can’t Outrun You,” is a superb song that everyone deserves to hear.
Adkins sings this song about being unable to escape the emotional grip of an ex-lover with genuine feeling that seems to come from somewhere deep inside him. While it covers a well-worn subject, the song is somehow elevated by Adkins’ intimate and haunting vocal delivery, which is both sensitive and strong. Moreover, his powerful performance is supported by a piano-driven production that is appropriately sparse and manages not to interfere with Adkins’ voice, which is the star of the song.