Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Pop
George Strait gets away with murder--with "Murder on Music Row," even. For example, Strait long ago adapted the radio-friendly drum sound that he and Alan Jackson so rightfully dismiss on their notorious duet. And while he... more »
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George Strait gets away with murder--with "Murder on Music Row," even. For example, Strait long ago adapted the radio-friendly drum sound that he and Alan Jackson so rightfully dismiss on their notorious duet. And while he hasn't given up entirely on fiddle and steel, those instruments take a back seat to the stereotypically "pretty" pop guitar licks of a seamlessly constructed single such as "If You Can Do Anything Else." But Strait gets away with another kind of murder, too--the kind it's easy to commit when you know your devoted audience will buy literally anything you do. He's been cranking out these 10-song, 4-hits-per CDs for so long they're utterly interchangeable, and they all sell in the gazillions. That's not to say he doesn't also do it right sometimes, as on "Home Improvement." But he'd be a lot more likeable if he deigned to break a sweat, or just try something a little different now and again. --John Morthland
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Still a Country Classic
tx4x4 | College Station, TX United States | 09/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I whole-heartedly disagree with the editorial review of this album. I don't know if Mr. John Morthland listens to much country music, but he should realize that George Strait is one of the modern day founding fathers of country. Make no mistake about it, George Strait hasn't sold out or "committed Murder on Music Row." Every song on this album is country from start to finish. Yes, not every song is appropriate for line dancing, but most of George's best songs aren't. The steel guitar still takes center stage in the sad ballad "The Night's Just Right for Love" and the song "You're Stronger Than Me" is a real country hit that has a very similar melody to his old classic "Get Out of my Arms." Of course the radio single, "Go On" is sure to hit number one soon, and anyone who has heard it understands that it's a true country song. I'm a huge fan of George Strait, and am very pleased with the quality of this album, it's thoughtfully done, and seems to draw a sound similar to his older stuff. It's not his best album, but how is anyone ever going to top songs like "Amarillo by Morning" and "Ace in the Hole." This album falls right in line with all of his previous albums and should be considered by every serious country fan."
George Strait is perfection...
Uzma Burney | 09/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If anyone ever accused Strait of making his music slicker they will have to take that back now. How could anyone...in the face of such steeped-in-tradition numbers like 'If you can anything else', 'Lookin out my window through the pain' (classic Strait wordplay), and 'If its gonna rain', think this album anything but Pure Country? 'Home Improvement' has a very fun, cajun feel to it and 'You're stronger than me' is the perfect swing number. My personal favorite has to be 'She took the wind from his sails' but then I have always believed that Strait is one of the masters of heartbreak songs. 'The night's just right for love' is beautiful...and we all know 'Go On' is just right too...the entire album is perfect...a must buy for any fan of real country music. Of course I know all the George Strait fans already have the album...they know this man cannot go far wrong!"
Does it get any better then this?
Brenda Herek | Plover, WI United States | 09/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished listening to George's new cd and I love it! The songs are real country. You must buy this cd if you enjoy George's music. It has a great combination of ballads and faster songs. Please buy this cd, you will not be dissapointed with it. I'm so glad that George is out there for us. At least his songs have meaning and don't repeat the same phrase over and over like some other songs such as "Breathe" and "This Kiss". This is the real deal of music and not that pop fluff that I can't stand. Like a fine wine, George only gets better with time!"