George Strait is releasing “Twang” today, and yesterday I received this new CD in the mail. I didn’t even get my customary after work Diet Pepsi before pushing that CD into the player. I had been waiting for this one ever since I got an e-mail telling me they would be sending it for me to review.
The first cut on the CD, as you might expect, is the song “Twang.” This song is a very country, very tap your feet, very get up off the couch and want to dance kind of song. If you’re looking for a song that has “This is a George Strait song” written all over it, look no farther than Track No. 2, “Where Have I Been All My Life.”
I might have a little trouble reviewing this CD. Because to this point in George’s very long career, the man has never recorded anything that I don’t like. I’m not surprised he has 57 No. 1 records. “I Gotta Get To You” is the third song on the CD. Not a thing I can say about it. It’s another one that you’ll listen to and just know that no one else but George could have done it the way he does.
“Same Kind of Crazy,” is track 6. Another fast one, another good one. ”Out of Sight Out of Mind,” reminds me of something we might have heard in the movie Pure Country. It’s just an older sounding George Strait song. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great George Strait song. It’s one of my favorites on the CD.
George has a story for us with “Arkansas Dave.” This one is really different from anything else I’ve heard George do. I like it, because it’s George. But do I think it would be a hit if George released it as a single? I’m really not sure. You all need to listen to it and decide.
“The Breath You Take” is the ninth one you’ll hear on the CD is beautiful. It reminds me a little of “I Saw God Today.” In the message mostly. “It’s not the breath you take, but the moments that take your breath away.” And that pretty much tells you what the song is all about.
We follow that touching song with “He’s Got That Something Special.” And of course that’s a song about “I had her, now he has her, so he has that something special I once had.” It’s a good song, too.
I often run into something that shows me how limited my vocabulary is – but I never thought it would be a word in a George Strait song. I really had to check around on the internet to find out just what Zydeco is, because the name of the 1th song is “Hot Grease and Zydeco.” So in case you don’t know, Zydeco is a form of American roots or folk music. It evolved from southwest Louisiana in the early 19th century form forms of Louisiana Creole music. (Thanks Wikipedia). This is good up tempo song with some great piano-playing!
I just clicked back on track No. 12, a little reminder of what I heard the first time through the CD. And I think this one is my very favorite in the entire CD. It’s called “Beautiful Day For Goodbye.” I think that pretty much says it all.
The last song on this CD is “El Rey”. And this is definitely my least favorite song on the CD. It’s in Spanish, not a problem,but it has that kind of music in the background that reminds me of a Mariachi band. And that just isn’t really country as far as I’m concerned. But is that one song any reason not to buy the CD? Nope! Get out there and get you one. You will definitely not be disappointed. In fact, you may even like the “El Rey” song more than I do.
Here’s a recent interview for you all. This is one great entertainer, and I think a great person, too.
Time to get out of here. If I didn’t get your e-mail answered last night, I’ll do my best to get you done this evening. And if you haven’t written for a while, please do so! I miss you!