September 02, 1996 12:00 PM

Travis Tritt

Tritt jeopardizes his rough-and-tumble image with several flashes of sentimentality on his sixth studio album. The tune least like the old “Here’s a Quarter…” Tritt is “Helping Me Get Over You,” a positively New Age Sensitive Guy song that he turns into a sweet-toned duet with co-composer Lari White. Tritt also agonizes through the romantic “Did You Fall Far Enough” that he wrote with Troy Seals. More characteristic material comes in a raucous duet with Marty Stuart, “Double Trouble,” and in “Back Up Against the Wall.”

The slight softening might stem from Tritt’s coproducing with mainstream pop manipulator Don Was, who has produced more crossovers than Michael Jordan. The result is a bright-sounding album full of effective, never jarring, changes of pace. Tritt and Was also rounded up a model studio band, including pedal steel player Robby Turner, drummer Kenny Aronoff, keyboard mainstay Benmont Tench and the peerless fiddler Mark O’Connor. This is an enviable example of a rising star who isn’t too arrogant to vary his approach when a good idea presents itself. (Warner Bros.)

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