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George Strait’s 39th Album “Here For A Good Time” Available Today, Read Reviews

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The king of country has once again pleased critics with his new album “Here For A Good Time.” It’s available now in record stores and multiple places online.

Read some of the reviews after the jump.From the LA times writer Randy Lewis:

At 59 and with 38 studio albums under his belt, country kingpin George Strait has picked up the songwriting ball comparatively late in life, but he’s running with it full tilt.

On his previous outing, 2009’s “Twang,” Strait and his son, Bubba, crafted three songs, unusual for a man who had previously relied overwhelmingly on songs from other writers. This time he’s co-written seven of the 11 songs, with a couple of noteworthy results.

John Goodspeed gives us a little insight to what kind of songs you can expect from the San Antonio Express:

The San Antonio resident also shows he can write top-shelf lost-love songs with Shame on Me, a two-stepper with fiddle and country piano about being fooled once, and House Across the Bay, a tearful remembrance.

For Drinkin’ Man, Strait tells the mournful story of a lifelong alcoholic who is ruining his life and the people around him but cannot change.

One of his most poignant songs, Three Nails and a Cross, rivals I Saw God Today, the No. 1 single from the Grammy-winning 2008 album Troubadour, for its uplifting spiritual message with a story about a derelict and a pregnant teen finding redemption.

For another of the album’s three songs he did not write, Strait digs back to Jesse Winchester, one of the Vietnam era’s most prominent draft dodgers, for A Showman’s Life, previously covered as a duet by Gary Allan and Willie Nelson. Strait delivers a soulful version of the tale about the wear and tear on a honky-tonker’s heart.

You can also sample the songs at amazon.com!
 

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