13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. One reason George Strait is considered the flame-keeper of country music verities is the fact that he’s unafraid to leave his heart in a million pieces on the floor. That’s the scenario here on “Blue Melodies” and “I Just Can’t Go on Dying Like This,” where Strait nearly slips into some George Jones-influenced phrasing. Mournful tunes don’t dominate this album (just try to feel anything but chipper during “I Thought I Heard My Heart Sing”), but whether he’s crooning from the depths of sorrow or love’s lofty perch, sexagenarian Strait remains trad country’s most powerful champion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. One reason George Strait is considered the flame-keeper of country music verities is the fact that he’s unafraid to leave his heart in a million pieces on the floor. That’s the scenario here on “Blue Melodies” and “I Just Can’t Go on Dying Like This,” where Strait nearly slips into some George Jones-influenced phrasing. Mournful tunes don’t dominate this album (just try to feel anything but chipper during “I Thought I Heard My Heart Sing”), but whether he’s crooning from the depths of sorrow or love’s lofty perch, sexagenarian Strait remains trad country’s most powerful champion.

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