Aces (album)

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Studio album by Suzy Bogguss
Released August 27, 1991 (1991-08-27)
Recorded May 1991
Emerald Sound Studio, Tennessee
Genre Country (New Traditionalist)
Length 35:09
Label Liberty
Producer Suzy Bogguss
Jimmy Bowen
Suzy Bogguss chronology
Moment of Truth
Voices in the Wind

Aces is the third studio album by the American country music singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss, released on August 27, 1991 through Liberty Records. The first single released was the titular track, "Aces". The album spawned three Top #10 hits on the country charts -- "Outbound Plane," "Aces" and "Letting Go" and stayed at number #1 in album sales and in the top ten on the country charts for 5 weeks.

Aces is Bogguss's highest-charting album and has gone on to earn an RIAA Platinum certification and was nominated for the 1992 CMA "Horizon Award". Following the success of Aces, the Country Music Association recognized Bogguss's achievements in 1992 by giving her its Horizon Award, which is awarded annually to the artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth and development.

Promotional videos[edit]

Two music videos were made to promote the album: "Outbound Plane" and "Letting Go". Both were directed by Deaton-Flanigen. The story of "Outbound Plane" depicts life out in a deserted airport featuring Bogguss and her lover as central characters, and "Letting Go" tells the story of a mother remembering her daughter from her early years until she leaves for college.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Outbound Plane"   Nanci Griffith, Tom Russell 2:48
2. "Aces"   Cheryl Wheeler 3:45
3. "Someday Soon"   Ian Tyson 3:50
4. "Let Goodbye Hurt"   Ellen Crandell 3:11
5. "Save Yourself"   Beth Nielsen Chapman 2:50
6. "Yellow River Road"   Suzy Bogguss, Doug Crider 2:55
7. "Part of Me"   Tony Arata 3:16
8. "Letting Go"   Crider, Matt Rollings 4:31
9. "Music on the Wind"   Andy Byrd, Victoria Shaw, Jana Stanfield 3:21
10. "Still Hold On"   Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson, Eric Kaz, Wendy Waldman 4:03
Total length:


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]

Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Aces "challenges the conceit of the stereotypical passive country female, willing to put up with all manner of cantankerous behavior to hold on to a man." She also said that "In one gutsy song after another, Bogguss — whose clear soprano rings without artifice — takes no guff, emerging as a woman and singer of substance.."[2] Bryan Buss of Allmusic stated that Bogguss's "appealing girl-next-door approach, her choice to straddle the fence between contemporary and traditional C&W and her perfectly pitched voice are what helped [Aces] be the catalyst for making her a household name among country music fans."[1]


Additional musicians[edit]

Recording staff[edit]

  • Suzy Bogguss – producer
  • Jimmy Bowen – producer
  • John Guess – engineer
  • Bob Bullock – overdub engineer
  • Tim Kish – overdub engineer
  • Russ Martin – overdub engineer
  • Marty Williams – overdub engineer
  • Glenn Meadows – mastering engineer
  • Milan Bogdan – digital editor
  • Janie West – song selection assistant

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1991) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 15
U.S. Billboard 200 83
Canadian RPM Country Albums 21


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1991 "Someday Soon" 12 16
"Outbound Plane" 9 9
1992 "Aces" 9 6
"Letting Go" 6 9


RIAA Certification

Cert. Date Country Award
9/14/92 USA Gold
2/17/95 USA Platinum

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
US 1991 Liberty CD C2-95874
CS C4-95874


  1. ^ a b Buss, Bryan. "Aces - Suzy Bogguss". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Nash, Alanna (August 23, 1991). "Aces Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2013.