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Holding My Own

George Strait

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Country was going through major changes in the early ‘90s, and Holding My Own shows George Strait was willing to change with the times. Of course, the fundamentals of his craft never change, but here the playing is a little sharper, the production a little brighter, and the delivery a little more sprightly. “You’re Right I’m Wrong,” “Gone As a Girl Can Get,” and “Wonderland of Love” are traditional country tunes gussied up in the latest fashions. But it’s not merely a superficial gloss — more like an old cowhand newly outfitted in some sharp-looking city threads. As Strait gets older, he gets better and better at familial reflections like “So Much Like My Dad.” In the hands of another it could easily turn into a piece of schmaltz, but Strait handles it with total sincerity and conviction. And just when you think Holding My Own is the most cosmopolitan Strait album to date, you hear “Trains Make Me Lonesome” and “Faults and All,” and you realize that regardless of changing times Strait will always be country to the core.

Customer Reviews

George is the best

Hits the head on the nail this time.

A Decent George Strait Album

Although I recommend this to George Strait fans, it really isn't one of his better CDs. It has a few great cuts, like "Gone as a Girl Can Get" and "So Much Like My Dad," but there are lots of filler songs here, too. Thats not to say that this is a bad CD; rather, its to say that there are so many awesome George Strait CDs out there that this CD is only a good purchase for those who have all of George's greatest hits CDs and some of his best studio albums (Carrying Your Love With Me, It Just Comes Natural, Pure Country) and who nonetheless still need more George Strait. Note also that while I give this 3 stars, in part because Im judging it against some of his truly great 5-star CDs, this CD is still better than the average CD released in Nashville during the 1990s. It is well above average for country music in general, but just average (or below average) for George.

Great underated album

This album was out about the time Pure Country came out..and that soundtrack pretty much ended the chart run of this album.

I always thought Trains Make Me Lonesome was a sure fire hit...and it probbably , according to George, could have been if it wasn't for the songs from Pure Country hitting the charts. ....


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...
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