April 14, 2013
The comfortingly reliable George Strait mixes it up a bit during his 1992-1993 run of singles with a cover of a beloved classic, hardcore country, a surprising country rocker, and a sweet love song for good measure.
Strait ably tackles the Hank Williams classic. He doesn't surpass the original, but it's cool that he brought the song back in 1992. Imagine if somebody tried to do that now.
Written by Irvin Mills & Cliff Friend
Listen: Lovesick Blues
“Gone as a Girl Can Get”
“Gone As A Girl Can Get” boasts one of the most interesting Strait productions, featuring superb, jaunty instrumentation that elevates a good composition to a great song.
Written by Jerry Max Lane
Listen: Gone as a Girl Can Get
“So Much Like My Dad”
This downbeat single finds a man searching for answers for why is lady is leaving him and he knows he'll find it from the example of his dad, because he's so much like him. In a clever twist, however, he doesn't ask his dad, but rather, asks his mom: “But if I'm so much like my dad, there must've been times you felt her way. So, tell me word for word what he said that always made you stay.”
Written by Chips Moman & Bobby Emmons
Listen: So Much Like My Dad
“I Cross My Heart”
Is there another pledge of devotion that defines 90s country music more than this love song? In another's hands, this could be way too icky-sweet, but in King George's hands, it's just right.
Written by Steve Dorff & Eric Kaz
Listen: I Cross My Heart
It's always seemed counterintuitive for a song that begins with “When you hear twin fiddles and a steel guitar” to rock as hard as this song does, but the fact is that it's as catchy and infectious as all get-out, so almost all is forgiven.
Written by Steve Dorff & John Bettis
“When Did You Stop Loving Me”
To make up for the previous rocker, Strait goes the other direction and adeptly sinks his teeth into a pure country weeper with a deliciously heartbreaking performance.
Written by Donny Kees & Monty Holmes
Listen: When Did You Stop Loving Me
“Easy Come, Easy Go”
I would have liked to have been listening to country music when this song was released as a single, as I'm sure it would have surprised me to hear Strait singing something sounding quite like this. The song promoting the dissolution of a relationship with no regrets is country, with a little groove and an over all chill vibe.
Written by Aaron Barker & Dean Dillon
Listen: Easy Come, Easy Go
“I'd Like to Have That One Back”
This song, however, portrays a lost relationship rife with regret. Strait's performance, supported by strains of lonely steel, fully captures the pain of losing a good love due to one's own negligence.
Written by Aaron Barker, Bill Shore & Rick West
Listen: I'd Like to Have That One Back