George Strait’s latest release Here For a Good Time is a testament to why he is still such a success. “I’ll Always Remember You” sounds like a love song title, but it’s a tribute to the fans — and a very memorable one. “Here For a Good Time” is a good song to hear when you are down in the dumps. It makes you realize that life is short and moping is a waste of time. “House Across the Bay” is a sad song about things not working out. Any classic country release has this element in it.
“Drinkin’ Man” is a learning to drink under legal age song. It does well to explain the battles some have with alcohol. Most of us work and drink on days off for an outlet. This tells the other side of the story very well. “Blue Marlin Blues” is an interesting song featuring the background vocals at the beginning. The big fish getting away is the downer, but it has a snappy sound that kind of invigorates.
“Lone Star Blues” is a rodeo song featuring an uplifting sound, despite a “hard times” lyrical subject. Although”Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” is one of the few lyrically positive songs, George sings all these songs so well they don’t come across as downers to me. “Poison” is a drinking song about how sweet it came to taste. Silly me, I only drink to get a buzz. I must be doing something wrong. “Shame on Me” shows George doing old school sounding Country, and I am sure this will never end — regardless of the times. “A Showman’s Life” is a classic road song from an expert on the subject. Even though he doesn’t go on the road as much anymore, I can’t see Strait not continuing to do music. All of these songs justify why he can’t stop. “Three Nails and a Cross” is an easy flowing inspirational song from a voice sounding as fresh as it did in the mid 80′s. This is four and a half stars and must have George Strait.
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