Artist : George Strait
Album : Twang
Source : NMR
Year : 2009
Genre : Country
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Codec : LAME 3.97
Bitrate : VBR ~198K/s 44100Hz Joint Stereo
ID3-Tag : ID3v2.3
Ripped By : NMR
1. Twang (2:55)
2. Where Have I Been All My Life (3:06)
3. I Gotta Get To You (3:10)
4. Easy As You Go (3:22)
5. Living For The Night (3:41)
6. Same Kind Of Crazy (3:33)
7. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (3:07)
8. Arkansas Dave (3:19)
9. The Breath You Take (3:35)
10. He's Got That Something Special (3:23)
11. Hot Grease And Zydeco (3:19)
12. Beautiful Day For Goodbye (3:08)
13. El Rey (2:26)
Total Playing Time: 42:10 (min:sec)
Total Size : 60.7 MB (63,664,436 bytes)
George Strait s 26th studio album is bookended by its rollicking title cut, a honky tonk floor-burner that brims with swaggar, and a masterful cover of the Mexican folk song El Rey that he sings entirely in Spanish. Between those two songs, however, Twang is exactly what you d expect a George Strait album to be entertaining and pleasant but entirely irrelevant once the 2010 model hits stores.
The recipe is simple: Add a dash of Cajun seasoning ( Hot Grease and Zydeco ), sprinkle in a heart-tugging message song ( Easy As You Go ) and a dreary tear-jerker ( Living For The Night ), then top it all off with a teaspoon of smooth swing ( I Gotta Get To You ) and voila! You just cooked yourself up a platinum record.
Consistency is king, and George Strait is certainly that. But at some point consistency makes way for boring repetition, and if Twang sounds the same as the previous 13 entries in his catalogue it s at least partially because he s been using the exact same lineup of studio musicians with startlingly few variations since 1992. Along with long-time producer Tony Brown, Strait and his all-star creative team know exactly how to employ their perfect formula to maximum result. Expertly recorded, Twang is an annoyingly decent album that will win at least a couple of album of the year trophies, and may sweep the three major awards shows in that category.
And it will be difficult to argue that those awards aren t warranted. Compared to his competition, Twang will be seen as an artistic masterpiece. After all, the inclusion of El Rey and Arkansas Dave, a song written by son Bubba Strait that is supposedly for the sake of art, give the project an aura of creative adventure, as if Twang finds Strait stepping out of his comfort zone and pushing his own boundaries to their outer limits.
But the truth is that El Rey is far from a surprising entry from this particular native Texan. King George is singing a song with a title that translates to The King? Tell me the obviousness of that doesn t just smack you in the face while screaming, Hey! I m clever! Look at how clever I am!
And Arkansas Dave, despite the hype, is no better or more artistically compelling than I Can Still Make Cheyenne or any number of other songs in his songbook. The song sounds, in fact, like a Garth Brooks album cut that wasn t quite good enough to make it onto a Garth Brooks album.
If you liked the last one, you ll like this one. But ignore the hype. George Strait is the best businessman in country music, and he d have you believe Twang is a mind-blowing exploration of country music s myriad emotions and influences.
What it is, of course, is a typical George Strait album, ripe with a few excellent cuts and a whole lot of forgettable though exquisitely produced filler. But mind-blowing it ain t. At least not if you ve been paying attention over the past 28 years.