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The Road Less Traveled
George Strait
The Road Less Traveled
Genres: Country, Pop
 
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The sunset motif on the cover of George Strait's 28th MCA album since 1981 hints at a more private, thoughtful ambiance. This is reflected in the title song, the introspective "The Middle of Nowhere," and the contented (if...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: George Strait
Title: The Road Less Traveled
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Mca Nashville
Release Date: 11/6/2001
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Western Swing, Today's Country, Neotraditional
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 008817022024, 0008817022024

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The sunset motif on the cover of George Strait's 28th MCA album since 1981 hints at a more private, thoughtful ambiance. This is reflected in the title song, the introspective "The Middle of Nowhere," and the contented (if bland) domesticity of "Living and Living Well." Strait adds a smoking revival of Chip Taylor's rockabilly homage "The Real Thing," though the convivial remake of Del Reeves's 1969 honky-tonk hit "Good Time Charley's" didn't need the annoying overdubbed barroom sounds. As always, letting Strait be Strait is the key. When that doesn't happen and unsuitable material enters the mix, things quickly falter, as they do on his tepid version of Rodney Crowell's "Stars on the Water" and the formulaic "Don't Tell Me You're Not in Love." On the power ballad "Run," Strait's loose-limbed vocal style slams head-on into a ponderous, synthesizer-heavy arrangement with disastrous results. A few more like the album's closer, a superb interpretation of Merle Haggard's blissful "My Life's Been Grand," would have helped. --Rich Kienzle

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"Run" to "The Road Less Traveled"
Linda Robbins | United States Of America, San Antonio, Texas | 11/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Materially "The Road Less Traveled" rates among George Strait's best albums. Strait truly is always never the same, each album is different. While this one is not 100% "Pure Country" for the traditional Country Music lovers such as myself - it is Pure STRAIT and so can't help but have a definite Country heart and appeal to some of the tracks such as the honkytonkin'"Good Time Charley's," and "The Real Thing" -- and ohh lawd I love what he does with his voice in that track! "She'll Leave You With A Smile" while having the same title as a song previously recorded by George is not only different but wonderful! The first single "Run" has me enthralled, this is the kind of song that you never get tired of hearing, you sing along, and it makes you want to get in that "Chevvy" and speed right to him! George's vocals are so smooth and so Texan, admittedly certain words really get to me."Don't Tell Me You're Not In Love" struck me personally and deeply the first time I heard it, and has me in tears every time. I can only sit here and shake my head in amazement at this man's talent.I love all the tracks from "Out In The Middle Of Nowhere" to the well-written "Stars On The Water" to the "The Road Less Traveled" which is absolutely different and wonderfully Dean Dillon. Once again the combination of Strait and Dillon produce pure enjoyment. Dean knows how to tell a story, and George knows how to interpret the emotions. My favorite of this album at this moment partly because I've seen George do this song in concert close-up and mostly because I know George is sending a message, making a statement, is "My Life's Been Grand." It gave the Hag chills when he heard it. Need I say more.Vocally - and this is what rates this album as the best George has ever done in my opinion - there is only pure enjoyment in that buttah smooth baritone. Once again Mr. Strait shows why after twenty years he is still at the top of the charts. He is the Master of interpretation and vocalization, his heart is in the song, he carries you with him and always leaves you wanting more. This is George Strait at his finest... as of this year and month, for as fine wine he's only getting better with age. My heartfelt advice; George delivers, own this album and experience the Road Less Traveled."
Musically, for George, this IS a road less traveled
29-year old wallflower | West Lafayette, IN | 01/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let's face it. Country music today sounds more like pop than honky tonk. So when someone comes along & professes themselves to be a traditionalist in country music, we rejoice at the fact that someone has come along with the God-given right to wear a cowboy hat. Ever since he debuted 20 years ago, George Strait has had that right & shows no signs of giving it up.But being a traditionalist in country music can have its drawbacks. Some country music singers find themselves turning out albums at the rate of one a year with clockwork precision. After a while, those albums start to sound the same with almost no change from one to the other. George Strait suffered from that syndrome...at least until now. With THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, he shows that even a hardcore traditionalist can be taught new tricks.Probably the song that has gotten the most press is George's version of Rodney Crowell's "Stars On The Water". The song features the almost unthinkable: an electronically-treated vocal from George. People compare it to Cher's "Believe", but let's not get carried away. Just because he features a little bit of it on one song doesn't mean George is heading for rave territory. In fact, the new sound comes off quite well & certainly more subtle than the club remixes of Shania Twain's music from COME ON OVER.Another song that has gotten some rather mixed attention is the album's first single "Run". Some say it is George's idea of a power ballad from the 1980s, especially with the synthesizer arrangement (how scandalous!) that comes with it. But again, such a departure isn't all that drastic for the song could still go over well with country fans, while also converting some skeptics who think country music is all about cheating & drinking.But those who are wondering if one of country music's most traditional artists has finally gone popular will find that most of THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED sticks to the old sound. "She'll Leave You With A Smile", "Don't Tell Me You're Not In Love" & "Living & Living Well" could easily have come from George back in the early days. However, their intention at proving that George still has his feet on the ground is a successful one. Even more so, his covers of Del Reeves' "Good Time Charley's" & Merle Haggard's "My Life's Been Grand" (Merle is said to have been deeply moved at hearing George's version) show that George still knows where he came from; he just maybe realized it's time to loosen up a little.George Strait has been a country music superstar for over 20 years & sold more than 57 million albums. He certainly has lived a charmed life in the eyes of country music. He's had hits galore & is probably guaranteed a considerable royalty rate on each record he sells for the rest of his life. So maybe George can now afford to break a few rules with his music. THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED will no doubt have some of his biggest fans wondering if George has gone modern on them & that's understandable. But once they listen to the album, they'll discover that the changes George is making are more subtle than you think & they work better than anticipated. With all this, is there a chance of a George Strait & Tim McGraw collaboration in the future? Nah! George isn't that desperate for a hit."