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Editors’ Notes

“You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody,” the leadoff track on George Strait’s 16th album, epitomizes the singer’s superlative taste in material. The song starts off with a wedding proposal, but rather than turn towards a cheesy ode to marriage, or a clichéd tale of abandonment at the alter, Strait leads the song into a heartbreaking exchange between two grown-ups. Lead On proves again that Strait can please the masses without resorting to juvenilia. The title track is a fireside ballad for longtime lovers, and “Nobody Has To Get Hurt” might be the most sincere plea for a second chance a country singer has ever delivered. To mix it up “Adalida” and “Down Louisiana Way” partake in some Cajun flavors, while “I Met A friend of Yours Today” is a graceful bar floor tearjerker. Still, the character in which Strait specializes is the spurned lover still faithfully waiting on his former flame. Thus, from the breakups of “What Am I Waiting For,” “I’ll Always Be Loving You,” and “No One But You” come some of Strait’s most devoted expressions of romantic longing.

Customer Reviews

Not his best, but good.

George will always be my favorite country singer The Big One and I'll Always Be Loving You are two of the great songs on this album.

Worth buying

This might not be George Strait's best, but It's pretty darn good. Of all the country albums I've bought, this would definetly be in the top 15

Love Him

No other artist can compare to George Strait... His music is loved by generations in my opinion he has never made a bad album. Thank You Mr. Strait hope you continue to wow us for years to come.


Born: May 18, 1952 in Poteet, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the country singers to emerge in the 1980s, George Strait stayed the closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, Strait didn't refashion the genres; instead, he revitalized them. In the process, he became one of the most popular and influential singers of the era, sparking a wave of neo-traditionalist singers from Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson. Strait was born and raised in Texas, the son...
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