Looking at the album critically, I think that its biggest flaw is that it doesn’t know if it wants to be a bluegrass or a country album. It sounds like Ricky recorded four or five cuts with a bluegrass band and four or five cuts with a country band and spliced them together to create a full album; it feels like two projects combined into one, rather than a carefully planned blend of two styles. Sweet Temptation also feels a little too comfortable and a little too polished with these incredibly talented musicians effortlessly churning out conservative, respectful renditions of these classic songs.
Having said all this, it is simply impossible to find any flaws with the musicianship on this album. If you like traditional country and bluegrass, and you like Ricky Skaggs, you will like this album. Ultimately, Sweet Temptation is pleasant, but non-essential.
AMG Rating: ****1/2
My Rating: ***