George Strait - Troubadour


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George Strait's greatest attribute is his consistency. It's not just how he rarely delivers a bad album but how his music remains rooted in pure Texas honky tonk, a fact that makes his reliably excellent music all the more remarkable. Sometimes Strait steps beyond reliable and delivers something close to transcendent, and 2006's nothing-but-the-basics It Just Comes Natural was one of those times. Playing exclusively to his strengths, the album was lean and strong, yet another hit under his belt, and more than earning its honors as the CMA's Album of the Year. It would be tempting for most artists to turn out another album just like the last but Strait isn't like most artists, as his 2008 follow-up, Troubadour, gracefully illustrates. Troubadour finds Strait turning introspective, getting softer and mellower, perhaps even slightly melancholy, yet it's a comforting melancholy, as the album never wallows in sadness -- there are plenty of Texas 2-steps, breezy mid-tempo tunes, and love songs to temper the blue moments here. Nevertheless, Strait is the troubadour of the title, a musician who bears the scars of the road and is a richer singer for it. This is especially evident on Troubadour, as it has a warm, burnished sound suited for his gently weathered voice, and its 12 songs are by and large exceptionally crafted and deceptively simple; they're songs that benefit greatly from Strait's casual virtuosity. As always, he has his pick of the best songsmiths -- Dean Dillon, Robert Earl Keen, Al Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Monty Holmes, and Scotty Emerick are among the writers bearing credits here -- and he has an unerring ability to pick songs that suit his strengths and weave together to form a cohesive whole (the only minor misstep being a too-anthemic tribute to Johnny Cash, "House of Cash"). Here, the mood is subdued, with even the lighter numbers not quite breaking a sweat, but that's the charm of Troubadour: in its relaxed, intimate way it recalls Merle Haggard's quieter, story-heavy albums of the early '70s, only with Strait's signature, unhurried attitude, a trait that only grows more attractive over the years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi


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Troubadour, It Was Me, Brothers Of The Highway, River Of Love, House Of Cash - Featuring Patty Loveless, I Saw God Today, Give Me More Time, When You're In Love, Make Her Fall In Love With Me Song, West Texas Town - Featuring Dean Dillon, House With No Doors, If Heartaches Were Horses
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5519306, 30472567

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George Strait - Troubadour is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from George Strait, What can I say? I think this is George's best Album to date. That is saying a truckload full because he has had so many great ones. Every song on this disk is great, especially "Troubadour". What more can be said? Thanks George for all the great music you have put out!
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great album As always, the King of Country delivers again. He has been my favorite all of my life and still somehow figures out how to produce top quality music.
Date published: 2008-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King George strikes again! This is one awesome cd! I am a huge fan of George's so I am biased. I don't believe that he could put out a bad cd. But if you like true country music, get this one!
Date published: 2008-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from George Strait's 'Troubadour' =Classic Strait In an interview the week ‘Troubadour’ was released duet partner Patty Loveless said “George is real,” and anything that’s real, it stays around. His music: It just comes out there effortlessly.” That's a simple, honest statement about the longevity of a remarkable career of a man who is still on top of his game after 27 years in the business. Remarkable describes the continuing development of George Strait, who’s written a personal history so unique he’s creating new, record-breaking plateaus that have simply never been reached before, and most likely will never be reached again. I thought his last album “It Just Comes Natural” was the pinnacle, the best he had never done, and wondered what kind of album George would produce to follow that award winning album. I waited a year and a half and had faith that he would, again, step up to the challenge and give his listeners what they were craving – more Strait magic. Fans are blessed to be a part of this history making ride with George who is truly a Texas original. George Strait’s ‘Troubadour’ demonstrates why the singer is the very definition of country music. The album is filled with the classic country sound that has made Strait one of the genres brightest stars, and lets fans know he has no plans of fading. His voice has developed and matured into a smooth buttery baritone which works comfortably with his mastery of vocal interpretation. His is a natural country voice and style, he is the real deal. The 12-track album kicks off with the title song "Troubadour" (one of my favorites) – which is the perfect beginning and seems to sum up Strait’s entire career in country music. “It Was Me,” “When You’re In Love,” “House With No Doors,” and “River of Love” feature the classic Strait sound and fit comfortably into his catalog of music. With right-on tight vocals Strait and duet partner Patty Loveless pay tribute to country music icon Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash with the bluesy “House of Cash.” George gets spiritual with “I saw God Today” and emotional with “If Heartaches Were Horses,” and the well written “Give Me More Time.” George lets his “honky-tonk” heart show with “Brothers of the Highway,” “West Texas Town” (a duet with Dean Dillon), and “Make Her Fall in Love with Me Song.” Without a doubt Strait is one of country music’s greatest performers, in live concerts or on CD he never disappoints. ‘Troubadour’ is filled with examples of what gives him the right to be called ‘King George.’ This album is easy to recommend to any George Strait fan or to anyone who enjoys real country music. Screensaver pics attached, enjoy! Linda
Date published: 2008-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great CD Anyone who likes country music should buy this CD. Being a true George Strait fan I'm truly satisfied with this CD. I say it's another grand slam for George Strait.
Date published: 2008-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Country He has done it again.This album is amazing! Its pure George Strait. It's his best album yet. Buy this album.
Date published: 2008-04-01
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