Album Review: Trent Harmon’s ‘You’ve Got ‘Em All’
While there are many praiseworthy elements that make up Trent Harmon’s new album, You Got ‘Em All, it’s his voice that demands your attention from start to finish. This gift is masterfully showcased across a collection of 11 songs that serve as evidence of the young singer’s growth and maturity since he walked off the American Idol stage a champion in 2016. Though his impressive songwriting and smooth lyrics are both important to note, his voice is the most powerful player on the album, as the singer demonstrates a stunning range that makes him one of the most dynamic vocalists in country music today.
Perhaps the most engaging aspect of You Got ‘Em All is that Harmon’s voice is so rich, it feels more like a soul record than that of contemporary country. No song proves that better than the album’s title track, which manages to capture one’s interest from the haunting opening piano notes to every thoughtful lyric in between, as Harmon shares his broken heart with the world in the form of one of the genre’s most gut-wrenching songs from a young artist.
While love is the dominant theme on You Got ‘Em All, he counteracts the sorrow expressed in the defining title track with the hopeful “Hold On,” co-written by Chris Stapleton, that offers a ray of light in the trying times of the world. “There ain’t nothin’ bad a little love can’t get us through, we got to hold on when it feels like hope is gone, the remedy is you and me, gotta hold on, to each other,” he inspires. While each track is strong in its own right, “Money’s On You” is a particularly special one, as its heartfelt message finds the singer placing his faith and loyalty in a “fearless heart, and a restless soul” that makes for one of the album’s best.
The boldest track reveals itself in the remix of the Keith Urban-penned “Falling” that immediately emits a soulful vibe with the presence of a horn section, as Harmon injects a sense of passion and spirit in his voice so powerfully it will wow you, making for one of the album’s most vibrant moments. This same energy is immersed into the emotion-filled “My Somebody” that also allows his voice to soar to new heights, while his mystifying cover of Sia’s “Chandelier,” which solidified him as a star during his Idol run, shows off his intricate range in a way that serves as one of the album’s finest moments and brings it to a compelling close.
You Got ‘Em All brings Harmon’s refreshing sound to the forefront of the modern country landscape as he allows his undeniable voice and honest passion to shape the convincing project, while the richness of his words demonstrates a lyrical maturity beyond his years. With a powerful voice both sonically and in lyric, You Got ‘Em All serves as a promising introduction to the incredible artist Harmon is bound to become, setting the stage for him to make the genre his own.