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It Just Comes Natural
Genres: Country, Pop
For the first time, Strait recorded NATURAL in a new setting - Jimmy Buffett's Shrimpboat Studio in Key West, Florida, where Strait and Buffett recorded "Sea of Heartbreak," from Buffett's LICENSE TO CHILL album, a few ... more »
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For the first time, Strait recorded NATURAL in a new setting - Jimmy Buffett's Shrimpboat Studio in Key West, Florida, where Strait and Buffett recorded "Sea of Heartbreak," from Buffett's LICENSE TO CHILL album, a few years ago. "I thought it might be a good idea to try something different," says Strait. "You couldn't tell that we cut this down there, there's no island flavor at all, but we just had a blast doing it. The studio is probably the smallest I've ever been in, with the musicians all crammed back in a little room - but we got a great sound, and it's such a relaxing atmosphere. I think I'll probably go back again." Recorded once again with Strait's frequent co-producer, Tony Brown, the sounds on the album reflect Strait's characteristic blend of traditional country structures shot through with a healthy dose of honky-tonk spirit and Western swing. Moods range from the introspective "Come On, Joe," in which a man's late wife tells him to be strong and move ahead with his life, to the raucous "Texas Cookin'," which is about just what it sounds like. An array of Nashville's finest songwriters contributed to NATURAL, including Bill Anderson, Bruce Robison, Lee Roy Parnell, and Guy Clark. "This album's got fifteen songs, which is more songs than I've ever put on a record before," says George Strait. "But I thought they were all so good, there wasn't one song on here that I would have felt right about leaving off. I really think we came up with one of the best albums I've ever done." The album in question, titled IT JUST COMES NATURAL, is being released in a year that marks Strait's 25th anniversary as a recording artist, and coincides with the announcement that he is the most recent addition to the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's also coming out alongside the jaw-dropping news that George Strait has become the all-time leader for Number One Country singles, as the album's opening track, "Give It Away," recently became his 53rd song to top the charts.
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THE TITLE PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL
D. McAllister | Somewhere in the Field | 01/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just when you think that George Strait will soon be taking up the rocking chair and disappearing "somewhere down in Texas" he lays another release out there that comes closes to...well...perfection. IT JUST COMES NATURAL is simply marvelous and the title pretty much says it all about arguably the greatest country singer of all time. Nothing goes wrong with this one but, then, that's an old story with Mr. Strait. Tell me the last time one of his albums went south? In fact, because of his excellence, he seems sometimes to be overlooked. Just another perfect day for George.
To overlook this album for any reason would be a mistake. One of the unique things about this offering is it has fifteen tracks. I went back and looked at my collection and discovered that, with few exceptions, George usually sticks to a simple ten. Maybe it used to be superstition for him. Maybe he thought that ten was a lucky number. Whatever the case, I'm glad he went with fifteen because, for the life of me, I can't say which of the tracks I'd leave out if ten were mandatory. Great stuff here.
The title track and "Give It Away" are wonderful but, as is often the case with Strait's albums, some of the other tracks become my favorites. In the case of this album "I Ain't Her Cowboy Anymore" has quickly become one of my all time favorite George Strait Songs. But then, as I have already noted, every track here is simply splendid. Give a listen. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Mark A. Lawrence | 10/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own just about every GS CD. Every time he puts a new CD out it's a reminder to me why I love country music. His music never fails to put me in a good state of mind. His voice is still as good as ever with a great selection of songs. This CD sounds very fresh compared to his last couple CD's. It won't disappoint - buy it!"
Better than ever!
Kathleen | 10/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have played the entire cd and I can not get over how AMAZING George Strait sounds.
His voice sounds better and stronger than ever.
I love the new song (title song) and the entire cd. It is the best record he has put out in a long time. It's fantastic.
I love it!"