As talented, traditionally minded singers sprout like weeds in Nashville, George Strait sings from the heart of Texas with class and style on his 31st MCA release.

As talented, traditionally minded singers sprout like weeds in Nashville, George Strait sings from the heart of Texas with class and style on his 31st MCA release. Refreshingly retro, the record lives up to its billing from the opening mega-twang of "She Used to Say That to Me" and the swaying, fiddle-laced title cut. The ballads are killer: "Look Who's Back From Town," "Heaven's Missing an Angel," "Cowboys Like Us," and "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa." Strait can also crank up the tempo with ease, as on "I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor" and the likably goofy "Honk if You Honky Tonk." As on the gentle closer, "My Infinite Love," Strait keeps it simple throughout; the result is a superb addition to a remarkable catalog.—RW

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