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  George Strait: Honkytonkville

George Strait
Track listing:
  1. She Used To Say That To Me
2. Honkytonkville
3. Look Who's Back From Town
4. Cowboys Like Us
5. Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa
6. As Far As It Goes
7. I Found Jesus On The Jailhouse Floor
8. Desperately
9. Honk If You Honky Tonk
10. Heaven's Missing An Angel
11. Four Down And Twelve Across
12. My Infinite Love
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Review by FredCamp July 19, 2003 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
George Strait's voice is one of those sounds for which the SACD format was made. I wish they had brought it forward more in the mix, though. Still, the multi-channel mix is fine -- not too flashy. It suits the material.

As for the material, HONKYTONKVILLE is, for the most part, good old-school country music. (What's that sound there in the mix? Could it be a steel guitar? Even a fiddle played properly? What a relief.) There are a few clinkers in the mix ("Honk If You Honkytonk"? Give me a break. URBAN COWBOY was 20 years ago), but George is still as soulful a country singer as you're likely to find amid the throng of wannabe-types coming out of Nashville today. This SACD showcases his talent very well, even if it isn't quite the effort of some of his earlier recordings.

The bottom line: George's rendering of "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" is well worth the price of admission here. You might find yourself playing that track over and over again.

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