It Just Comes Natural

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Could an album title be more appropriate for George Strait than It Just Comes Natural? This modern-day honky-tonk pioneer has been making it sound that way since his 1981 manifesto, Strait Country. Working with longtime producer Tony Brown again, Strait marshals some of his most emotionally resonant vocals ever in service to a collection of outstanding songs about breaking up, riding away, making up, and living and loving -- familiar turf for Strait, to be sure, but here explored with an edge, a purpose that recalls his early intensity when the future was at stake. The elite group of writers he culls material from include his Texas compadres Guy Clark (a jaunty western ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Could an album title be more appropriate for George Strait than It Just Comes Natural? This modern-day honky-tonk pioneer has been making it sound that way since his 1981 manifesto, Strait Country. Working with longtime producer Tony Brown again, Strait marshals some of his most emotionally resonant vocals ever in service to a collection of outstanding songs about breaking up, riding away, making up, and living and loving -- familiar turf for Strait, to be sure, but here explored with an edge, a purpose that recalls his early intensity when the future was at stake. The elite group of writers he culls material from include his Texas compadres Guy Clark (a jaunty western swing treatment of "Texas Cookin' "), Bruce Robison (a foot-stomping confessional about obsessive love titled "Wrapped"), and Lee Roy Parnell (a fierce, rocking workout on "One Foot In Front of the Other"), as well as the venerable Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, and Dean Dillon, among others. "He Must Have Really Hurt You Bad" takes Strait into territory he rules, as he croons a bartender's winsome lament for a suddenly single woman who's seeking love in all the wrong places. "I Ain't Her Cowboy Anymore," keyed by a lonely, twanging guitar, a mournful fiddle line and a wash of discreetly crying strings, is a companion piece to Strait's classic "This Is Where the Cowboy Rides Away." With a great band that includes Matt Rollings and Steve Nathan switching around on organ and piano and redoubtable fiddler Stuart Duncan playing with great empathy for mood and texture, Strait is moved to performances that rival and in some cases even exceed his most memorable of the past quarter century -- a natural man, in his element.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's just too easy to say that It Just Comes Natural, the title of George Strait's 29th album, applies to the man himself, but that doesn't mean that it isn't true. Few singers have ever sounded as natural as George Strait. Throughout his long career, it has never seemed like he's had to work hard at his music -- not in its performance, not in the songs he chooses to sing, nor in the records he makes. Over the course of 25 years he's not released one bad album and 2006's It Just Comes Natural keeps country music's longest winning streak rolling. It holds no surprises apart from its sheer strength: at 15 songs, it's a little longer than some of his recent records, yet it feels lean, largely because there isn't a bad song here. As usual, he has an expert ear for material -- whether it's reviving Guy Clark's classic "Texas Cookin'," finding Trent Tomlinson's slow heartbroken blues "Why Can't I Leave Her Alone," or recording the absolutely terrific, slyly funny breakup song "Give It Away," which kicks off the album and gave Strait his annual number one country hit -- and while he may not stretch himself too much, it's hard to think of another singer who knows his strengths so well, it never seems like he's trying. It doesn't seem like he finds songs; it seems like the songs come to him. He and his band have a similarly assured performance, mining the heartbreak in ballads like "I Ain't Her Cowboy Anymore" while kicking into gear on uptempo numbers like "One Foot in Front of the Other." But what might be most impressive about Strait and his band is how they come across as compelling even when they seem relaxed and off-the-cuff as they do many times on It Just Comes Natural, including on the lazy, Tex-Mex-tinged "Come on Joe," the laid-back "Wrapped," or the title track itself, where they do indeed sound natural. After all this time and all these good records, it's hard to see another good George Strait album as an event, but in a way it is: few other artists have been as good for as long as he has, and that's something to celebrate, particularly when the records are as good as this one is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602498889602
  • Catalog Number: 000602302
  • Sales rank: 9,254

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Strait Primary Artist
Matt Rollings Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ
Steve Gibson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Tony Brown Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Steve Nathan Organ, Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Bergen White Conductor
Glenn Worf Bass, Upright Bass
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor Accordion
Marty Slayton Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Guy Clark Composer
Lee Roy Parnell Composer
George Strait Producer, Audio Production
Tony Brown Audio Production
Bobby Braddock Composer
Craig Allen Art Direction
Tony Brown Producer
Buddy Cannon Composer
Dean Dillon Composer
Kyle Lehning Engineer
Bruce Robison Composer
Tony Romeo Composer
Bergen White String Arrangements
Crista Moore Composer
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Tony Lane Composer
Jim Collins Composer
Mark Nesler Composer
Leslie Satcher Composer
Trent Tomlinson Composer
Erv Woolsey Management
Casey Beathard Composer
Scotty Emerick Composer
Ashe Underwood Composer
Marvin Green Composer
Mark Kerr Composer
Tammy Hyler Composer
Dan Wells Composer
Todd Tidwell Engineer
Jamey Johnson Composer
Ed Hill Composer
Tim Johnson Composer
David Cory Lee Composer
Bobby Carmichael Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Tony Martin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Country's Best!!!

    There's a reason why George Strait is called the "King of Country" and he deffinately upholds his title with this CD. I believe that many of the songs could be #1 hits if more attention was payed to them. After 25 years George just gets better people!! Can compete with Kenney Chesney any day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Typical Great George Strait

    Each selection on the CD is outstandingly good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    25 yrs. Still the Best! Texas is STRAIT country!

    The Best! If stations promoted like before, George would have 4 to 6 hits hands down. Excellent material. His voice sounds fantastic. Reminds me of first 3 albums. He poured some heart and soul in this one. Way to go George...you stand out as a person, performer, and it shows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome as usual

    I very much enjoyed this album. It's always fun to listen to a George Strait album the first time and hear the new material. Excellent songs.

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