Here for a Good Time by George Strait

On 2009’s Twang, fans heard George Strait the songwriter for the first and only time since his sole writing contribution on 1982’s Strait From the Heart album. This time around, George contributes to seven of the 11 cuts, including “Shame on Me”—a collaboration with son Bubba—which starkly recounts the aftermath of a relationship with a woman of dubious character. 

George delves into another damaging vice, alcohol, on the ballads “Poison” and “Drinkin’ Man.” Faith Hill makes an appearance on “A Showman’s Life,” an authentically delivered look at the non-glamorous parts of the star-making machine.

Though George’s version lacks the grit of Gary Allan’s on 2003’s See If I Care, the singer’s passion and delivery recall that of other road-weary artists—in particular, George Jones. The 59-year-old star’s supple voice doesn’t reflect the wear and tear displayed by some of his contemporaries, though, and he sounds lively on such tracks as “Blue Marlin Blues.” “I’ll Always Remember You” is a poignant thank-you to fans who have supported him for nearly four decades.

On the title track, George sings, I ain’t here for a long time / I’m here for a good time. We beg to differ, George. This winning formula should keep you around for quite a while.

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