It Just Comes Natural

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A quarter-century since his debut, George Strait has proven himself perhaps the most consistent, reliable artist in any genre—It Just Comes Natural is on par with his finest work, without being terribly different from anything he’s done since 1982.

That’s because, in addition to a peerless voice, George boasts an unerring knack for choosing the right songs—or, more precisely, for avoiding the wrong songs. He doesn’t sing novelties with twist endings. He doesn’t go for tear-jerking treacle about disease or divine intervention. He doesn’t rush out patriotic songs when war is declared or jump on the latest trends.

No, George clearly looks for songs that will be as resonant in 25 years as they are now. For Natural, he has uncovered 15 such gems from songwriters in Nashville and Texas, in the country mainstream and outside it. George, of course, sings them all with the same easy grace and confident conviction we’ve come to expect. After all, he’s a natural.

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