Retro Single Review: George Strait, “You Look So Good in Love”

1983 | Peak: #1

The 80’s keyboard is like a cheese grater grating extra cheese onto the pizza that is “You Look So Good in Love.” To the modern ear, it imbues the song with an unintentional levity even before George gets to his third-verse recitation. Throw in the über-earnest chorus – not to mention the video – and the thing becomes just about impossible to take seriously.

And yet – screw you, who doesn’t love “You Look So Good in Love”? It’s one of those rare records you can sort of enjoy ironically and unironically at the same time, as the wimpy, dated production collides with Strait’s rich croon and one of the most singable melodies he’s ever found. Will it make anyone’s all-time list? No. Has every country fan over 25 sung the chorus to a shower head or steering wheel? “It’s easyyy to see.”

Written by Glen Ballard, Rory Michael Bourke and Kerry Chater

Grade: A-




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7 Comments on Retro Single Review: George Strait, “You Look So Good in Love”

  1. Nailed it, Dan.

  2. I’m so with you on this.:)

  3. Couldnt have said it better

  4. …my shower head probably hates me – but not because of this one, i guess. nice angle as always, dan.

  5. Tara SeetharamNo Gravatar // August 19, 2011 at 10:51 am //

    Yup, agree Dan. You know my penchant for emotive melodies. Ever since Jamie Foxx sang this on the George Strait tribute a few years back, I hear a little more soul in the melody than I did before.

  6. Kevin John CoyneNo Gravatar // August 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm //

    Compared to George in this video clip, Jennifer Nettles looks rational and well-adjusted in “Stuck Like Glue.”

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