1992’s T-R-O-U-B-L-E was a leap forward for Travis Tritt; it positioned him as not just a singer with a hired band but as a genuine bandleader. From the very beginning this album showcases a full-bodied sound, with “Looking Out for Number One” exactly the sort of big-boned rave-up that perfectly represents Tritt’s personality. “Can I Trust You with My Heart,” “When I Touch You," and “Worth Every Mile” further confirm that Tritt approached ballads not as Hank Williams would but as Otis Redding would—with the total commitment of his physical being. In his multidisciplinary talents, Tritt most resembles figures like Elvis Presley and Stevie Ray Vaughan. (He covers both, on the title track and “Leave My Girl Alone.”) As much as Tritt plays the jack-of-all-trades, there's something charmingly old-fashioned about him that lets him lead a chorus of country legends on the beautifully antiquated “Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man," which counts among its background vocalists George Jones, Tanya Tucker, and Porter Wagoner.

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