Retro Single Review: George Strait, “The Man in Love With You”

“The Man in Love With You”

Written by Steve Dorff and Gary Harju

Peak: #4

“I Cross My Heart” gets a sequel, and it’s pretty darn good.

“The Man in Love With You” is a humble declaration of love, as a man runs down his shortcomings but qualifies them with his unconditional love.

The lonesome fiddle and his pleading vocal match up well with the sentiment, and if it doesn’t quite soar like “I Cross My Heart,” it doesn’t need to. It’s a love song grounded in reality.

A fitting cleanup single to Strait’s Easy Come Easy Go project, which followed 1982’s Strait From the Heart and 1989’s Beyond the Blue Neon as his third album to produce four top ten singles.

Grade: B+

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3 Comments

  1. I’ve never been a big George Strait fan, but I have a ton of respect for his contribution to country music. The exception for me being Carried Away, which I still have love for.

    I’ve always seen him as a bit of a reluctant superstar- reliably cranking out hugely successful albums and singles, but somehow staying incredibly low key. It’s intriguing how he managed to be one of the top three or four biggest stars in the genre throughout the 90s without ever seeming like anything other than a regular guy. Granted, that just may be my impression and not the consensus take.

  2. Another great song from George! I’ve always loved his smooth, classy ballads. Like the aforementioned “I Cross My Heart” this one also features a very lovely steel guitar solo. I really miss hearing love songs like this on the radio today.

    Easy Come Easy Go is such a great album too, imo.

  3. May be odd because of their similarities (and the fact that Dorff was a cowriter on both of them), butI liked this song much more than “I Cross My Heart.” It was my favorite song from Easy Come, Easy Go.

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