Well into his third decade at the top, album # 37 for George Strait maintains the consistency and high quality that's marked the vast majority of his work from the start. Like Alan Jackson, he's has always been more comfortable in conventional country … see full wiki
George Strait has filled up country radio for years. More worthy than `Carrying Your Love with Me,' `Troubadour' gives fans plenty of reasons to buy his latest offering. Again featuring several fine songwriters and musicians, George gives us a quality album that covers most corners of country music.
The title track is notable enough for it's autobiographical sketch provided by songwriter Marty Holmes. "I feel like Jesse James," he shares, and "I still feel twenty-five most of the time." Most of his songs chase after women at honky-tonk bars, too. "It Was Me" goes down easily enough, but on the playful "When You're in Love," George is the true troubadour with a terrific radio worthy song. "Make Her Fall in Love with Me Song" already seems like a honky-tonk jukebox classic, and "River of Love" showcases a C.D. accompaniment that's never been finer overall with an intricate (mandolin or ukulele) shining through. (It's a bit Jimmy Buffet influenced, so I go for the latter.)
Leaning heavier, George sings the sincere, but less worthy "House of Cash," a tribute that needs no explanation. "West Texas Town" is a throwback to "All My Exes Live in Texas," except, if anything, it's more fun and better executed. "Brothers of the Highway" is intricate, and arguably his best offering.
More than foolin' around, George gets serious with "I Saw God Today," a proper reflection with the words:
"His fingerprints are everywhere./ I just slow down to stop and stare. Open my eyes and, man, I swear,/ I saw God today."
The rest of the songs aren't bad, nothing so bad to mar. If you want to wait to hear these songs on the radio, that's okay, but commercial free, George Strait is worth your extra greenbacks.