George Strait - Somewhere Down in Texas
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Somewhere Down in Texas (MCA Nashville, 2005)

George Strait

Reviewed by Eli Messinger

After the career highlight of 2003's "Honkytonkville," George Strait's follow-up is a surprisingly subdued and introspective collection dominated by ballads and mid-tempo waltzes. Strait is an accomplished and moving ballad singer, but the bouncing, train-rhythmed "High Tone Woman" might leave some listeners pining for a few more upbeat selections.

Now in his 50s, Strait has found a more contemplative place from which to pick songs, including the afterlife imaginings of "You'll Be There" the funereal end-of-romance "Ready for the End of the World" and the story of a jilted wife's reawakening, "She Let Herself Go." On the lighter side there's a breezy cover of Merle Haggard's "The Seashores of Old Mexico" and the satisfied slice of life, "A Perfect Day."

Strait's roots show on the latest love-song to his home state, "Texas," and the nostalgic, "If the Whole World Was a Honky Tonk." None of this is particularly new, but the confidence with which Strait picks, arranges and sings his material displays a craft and consistency few other contemporary artists can match. Fans will toast this 28th LP, and those just getting their first taste will quickly want to find more!

CDs by George Strait

Honky Tonk Time Machine, 2019 Cold Beer Conversation, 2015 The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium, 2014 Love Is Everything, 2013 Here for a Good Time, 2011 Twang, 2009 Classic Christmas, 2008 Troubadour, 2008 22 More Hits, 2007 It Just Comes Natural, 2006 Somewhere Down in Texas, 2005

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