George Strait led country's New Traditionalist movement in the early '80s with his updated approach to traditional Western swing and his smooth, romantic crooning. The reclusive superstar's chart success has never flagged since then; he routinely scores multi-platinum albums and singles that linger for weeks at No. 1. Relying on a dependable stable of Nashville's finest songwriters for material, Strait is truly a modern King of Country.
No Description Available. Genre: Country & Western Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 5-OCT-2004
When George Strait's "She'll Leave You With a Smile" moved to the top of the country charts in early 2003, the handsome Lone Star crooner bested Conway Twitty for the most No. 1 singles by a solo artist. This collection of 50 chart-toppers, spanning 22 years, showcases the Cadillac of country singers at his best, blending traditional and contemporary stylings, but never straying too far from the core of his Texas barroom sound. "Fool Hearted Memory," from 1982, proves that Strait had his uncluttered production and straightforward vocal approach down from the start, no matter how many producers guided him to his peak. Through the years, the path to superstardom dictated that he trade the crisp Western swing of "Right or Wrong" and "Ace in the Hole" for squishy, mid-tempo crowd pleasers like "Check Yes or No" and "Write This Down." But he redeemed himself with such poignant heartbreakers as "So Much Like My Dad" and "…Smile." This retrospective's one new track, "I Hate Everything," about a man in a bar who's besotted more from pain than whiskey, doesn't match up with the singer's best material, but it's still got that irresistible Strait hook: average-guy sincerity wrapped in a down-to-earth heart. --Alanna Nash
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