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Livin' It Up

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Editors’ Notes

Even by George Strait’s standards, Livin’ It Up is a particularly relaxed affair. That isn’t to say this is a collection of slow-burning ballads. In fact, the closer song, “Stranger In My Arms” is the only thing here that could qualify as an outright ballad; “Heaven Must Be Wondering Where You Are” and “We’re Supposed to Do That Now and Then” are shuffling slow dances with jazz inflections. The songs find Strait in full crooner mode, with a delivery that is as much Harry Connick Jr. as Hank Williams. “Someone Had to Teach You,” “I’ve Come to Expect It From You,” and “Lonesome Rodeo Cowboy” are among Strait’s very best basic country songs, but even the frisky beat of “She Loves Me (She Don’t Love You)” is played with an easy, unperturbed air. These are songs that don’t need flashy instrumentation and in-your-face hooks. By the time Strait sings “Love Without End, Amen,” a winking but heartfelt ode to fatherhood, it is clear that he has delivered the soundtrack to a classy, laidback family banquet — exactly the kind of party befitting the Texas tuxedo he sports on the album’s cover.

Customer Reviews

George's Livin' It Up

My favorite George Strait album of all time. There is not a song that isn't a homerun. Give it a try. Includes, George Bush Senior's favorite, Love Without End, Amen. Second Chance song, Someone Had to Teach You.

Livin' It Up.

Is there anything better than that perfect Strait voice. This album which contains some old songs sends you right out of this world. His band is excellent as always. It's a five-star winner--and then some!

love it, luv it, love it!!!

Best album of all times!!


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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