The King is Back.
Yes. King George Strait has a new album out on the streets of the country world. After 30 years in the business George is still finding ways to keep things fresh. It’s why he is and always will be the king.
George’s latest album – Here For A Good Time – is another collection of great country songs. There’s plenty of Texas twang. The instrumentation is exactly what you’d expect with a few surprises mixed in for good measure. That’s something George excels at – finding ways to bring something new to the table while making it sound familiar. He’s mastered the art where others have struggled. It’s allowed George to stay relevant to new country audiences while other artists fall by the wayside.
To keep things fresh and interesting on the new record George wrote just about all the songs with his song and Dean Dillon. Dean has written many George classics, but the combination of bringing in George and son Bubba to co-write really made for some great songs. They’re familiar since Dean is aboard, but George seems renewed with music as he continues to take a crack at writing. It’s like Bubba has revived George’s career as he enters his 60s and shows no signs of slowing down for another decade or two.
Here For A Good Time is a top notch album with something for everyone…everyone that loves traditional country music that is.
Here For A Good Time – George Strait – Album Review
There is much to love about Here For A Good Time. There is plenty of Texas swing. George’s voice is great on all the tracks. He sounds like he’s really enjoying life these days. It seems there is an extra energy on this record. Perhaps teaming up with his son and getting back in the writing game after 30 years has given George new motivation.
It’s great to see George continue to impress this far into his career. He’s a well oiled country hit making machine and it’s good for fans and I’m sure it’s good to be George Strait in 2011 and 2012.
1. Love’s Gonna Make It Alright
The familiar twang is apparent right from the start. You know from the first note this is a George Strait album. I like the familiarity. George is the best. I’ll admit this review is very skewed, but when it’s George Strait there is no reason to be bashful about how great the music is. Love’s Gonna Make It Alright is the perfect song to play as your dancing around the house on a Saturday afternoon. You can sing along when you’re driving down the small town main street on Sunday. No matter what’s going on in the world it can all be alright with the love of a good person. That’s how life works and the wise man George knows this secret.
2. Drinkin’ Man
Drinking can be a difficult thing. It’s tough to get out of a habit and addiction. You know it’s bad when you’re drinking alone and hiding it from everyone around you especially those that love you the most. It’s not a good way of life, but you don’t realize it when you’re living in it. You can’t see the damage you’re doing to yourself. You don’t see how it affects others. You wake up the morning and crave a drink. You think about how to keep the signs out of sight. This is a great song. I’m not sure if country radio is ready for it, but I’d love to hear it become a hit.
3. Shame On Me
Things pick up from the serious tone for Shame On Me. Man this sounds like the good country of the ’80s and ’90s. It’s classic George. The phrase is familiar, but George puts his own spin on how people are out to fool you sometimes. Cheating happens and sometimes we get blinded by love. We can’t see what’s going on even if everyone else is able to see. It’s our own fault in the end, but that’s how life goes sometimes. We put the blinders on ourselves.
Poison is one of my favorite tracks on the record. It wasn’t written by the team of Strait, Strait, and Dillon, but it’s a good one. The music takes a backseat starting out. It’s mostly just George’s voice. It’s a neat way to start. We get used to the different things in life. It can taste like poison at first, but eventually it becomes natural. Even if it’s wrong to try a few things we become accustom to having it all the time. It’s poison nonetheless and we don’t seem to know any better sometimes. There are a few songs on this record about personal vices. I like that theme. It’s been done before, but this take is fresh. I really like it and can relate.
5. Here For A Good Time
The title track was the first hit from the record. It’s on its way to number one. Just another ho hum number one smash for the King. The song is about enjoying life because we know we’re only around for a short period. George has a way of taking common themes and really turning it into something fresh and unique. I like the way he went about recording this song. It’s upbeat. It’s not too hokey or emotional. It’s straight forward and makes you want to enjoy life and make it a good one. Great song. I heard George the other day on the countdown saying it was an idea Bubba had and the songwriting team took it from there. Great track.
6. House Across The Bay
Things slow down again for House Across The Bay. George paints a picture of a couple breaking up. They’re walking along. George plays the narrator looking back on all the good times. He remembers the time they spent in that house. There was love. There was laughter. It was good. And now it’s the good old days. That’s how it works out sometimes. Things can be so good and then before you even realize what’s happening you’re sleeping alone and the bed is cold.
7. Lone Star Blues
Love this track. Texas swing with plenty of twang and country. George really ramps up that old school sound. It’s swinging back and forth. You can’t beat George Strait singing about the bull riding at the rodeo. Man I’d love to hear this one on the radio. I think the entire country audience would be singing along. I love that George can still have fun with songs that are upbeat, funny, and a little ridiculous.
8. A Showman’s Life
Faith! I love Faith Hill. She keeps sneaking up on songs every once in a while. I love that she’s here with George. It’s great to hear both of them together. The track is a nice story about how we learn about the good things in life. We don’t often hear about the bad. It’s the way it is. It provides hope. It’s autobiographical for George. He didn’t write this one, but he may as well have. Great song. Could be a hit.
9. Three Nails And A Cross
These songs sneak up on you sometimes. We get lost sometimes in troubled times and it takes a song like this to remind us. It’s a great story song about the life of a guy. He finds himself by doing a little looking in. George does a great job on this one. It’s a new sound for him. I like the little Marty Robbins-like sound.
10. Blue Marlin Blues
George has been down in the Keys in Florida to record his last few albums. He must appreciate the hot weather as he gets up there in years. Blue Marlin Blues is about that lifestyle. But you know what? This song doesn’t sound like Jimmy Buffett. With every country singer and their brother trying to sing like Jimmy it’s great to see a song about the beach lifestyle and not sound like a Jimmy song. It’s great.
11. I’ll Always Remember You
A very personal song for George. He’s looking back on his career. He thought he would have five good years in front of the good country folks. Now it’s been 30 years and he still gets the goosebumps up on stage. He still wants to be up there and will keep going as long as we want. But even if the day comes when he isn’t up there he’ll always remember.
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