“You Look So Good in Love”
Written by Glenn Ballard, Rory Bourke, and Kerry Chater
#1 (1 week)
January 7, 1984
We’re getting into classic Strait territory now.
He’s still growing as a vocalist, but his phrasing will sound familiar to longtime fans. Part of the reason he’s finding his voice so well on “You Look So Good in Love” is that it’s him establishing his own point of view, one that would define him so effectively that he was namedropped on Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” decades letter.
Like Conway Twitty before him, George Strait loves and respects women, and they are often the heroines of his songs. Here, he’s beating himself up for not treating a woman right, now that he can see how she’s come alive in her new relationship. He’s wistful as he sings, “I wish you still wanted me,” but there isn’t any hat-in-hand, knee on the curb begging for her to come back to him.
Because she’s truly happy now, he love her enough to let her go. He had his chance and he blew it. You just know that the next opportunity he has to treat a woman right, he’s going to take it.
It’s the best of his four pre-Bowen No. 1 singles, just edging out the excellent “Fool Hearted Memory.”
“You Look So Good in Love” gets an A.
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