“Something’s Going On” is Trace Adkins’ twelfth studio album, singer / songwriter, with the baritone voice, from Sarepta, Louisiana. This artist’s style of country music has always been pretty physical, often irreverent, accompanied by funny videos. Catchy songs, great impact, always aiming for the top positions of the charts. “Something’s Going On” has a lot of good music, but it is more of an introspective album, which also explores the less fun side of human nature. It goes on about the hard realities of who is trying to fight alcohol addiction, youth problems, loneliness and the difficult living conditions for those who have returned home after having served their country in war. Trace finds himself going through unknown ground, often awkward and full of pitfalls, but the light at the end of the tunnel is always visible. “Something is happening” sings Trace, and it is this sense of becoming, of research, which pervades in all the 12 tracks of the Cd. No longer carefree songs like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” or “Hot Mama”, but songs like “Jesus and Jones” or “Still A Soldier”, that make you “look within”. It would be a big mistake to think of “Something’s Going On” as a “sad” or “unhappy” album. As I have already said, hope is the dominant theme of the entire Cd, and the music and lyrics reiterate how important it is to always have a goal to achieve. Surely, Trace’s most mature album yet, who still remains the artist we all know. (Gianluca Sitta)