George Strait - Carrying Your Love With Me
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Carrying Your Love With Me (MCA, 1997)

George Strait

Reviewed by Don Yates

By maintaining his rock-solid country integrity and continuing to hone his skills as a supreme interpretive singer, George Strait has managed to ride high on the country charts for over 15 years while producing a steady stream of quality records. His latest album is another fine addition to aremarkable body of work.

He once again proves he's a masterful ballad singer with hard-country ballads like the title song, "She'll Leave You With A Smile" and the Vern Gosdin heartache classic, "Today My World Slipped Away." He sublimely balances country and pop sensibilities with the gentle swing of "One Night At A Time" and even convincingly waxes philosophical on the Bobby Braddock-penned ballad, "The Nerve." Strait also confidently handles uptempo songs like the boisterous Wayne Kemp barroom hit from 1968, "Won't You Come Home (And Talk To A Stranger)" and the swinging honky-tonk of a new Harlan Howard song, "I've Got A Funny Feeling."

Strait and co-producer Tony Brown have once again kept Strait grounded in the fiddle-and-steel verities of hard country while producing an album sounding utterly contemporary. When the country charts are stuffed with disposable songs from one-hit wonders, it heartening to see Strait continuing to produce popular country music that's made to last.

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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