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 RIAAPlatinum 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.
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.
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.." 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."