Trail of Tears
is the most personal and most accomplished album Billy Ray Cyrus
has recorded to date. Cyrus'
elaborates his pop-oriented country with some rootsy production flourishes -- the album sounds edgier and grittier than any of his previous records. Furthermore, Cyrus
delivers both his originals and the covers with conviction, far more conviction than could have been believed possible from his first two albums. In fact, Trail of Tears
suggests that he may be able to carve out a successful career for himself, after all.