13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One reason George Strait is considered the flame-keeper of country music verities is the fact that he’s unafraid to leave his heart in a million pieces on the floor. That’s the scenario here on “Blue Melodies” and “I Just Can’t Go on Dying Like This.” Mournful tunes don’t dominate this album (just try to feel anything but chipper during “I Thought I Heard My Heart Sing”). Whether he’s crooning from the depths of sorrow or love’s lofty perch, Strait remains trad country’s most powerful champion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One reason George Strait is considered the flame-keeper of country music verities is the fact that he’s unafraid to leave his heart in a million pieces on the floor. That’s the scenario here on “Blue Melodies” and “I Just Can’t Go on Dying Like This.” Mournful tunes don’t dominate this album (just try to feel anything but chipper during “I Thought I Heard My Heart Sing”). Whether he’s crooning from the depths of sorrow or love’s lofty perch, Strait remains trad country’s most powerful champion.

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