Troubadour

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
George Strait's greatest attribute is his consistency. It's not just how he rarely delivers a bad album but how his music remains rooted in pure Texas honky tonk, a fact that makes his reliably excellent music all the more remarkable. Sometimes Strait steps beyond reliable and delivers something close to transcendent, and 2006's nothing-but-the-basics It Just Comes Natural was one of those times. Playing exclusively to his strengths, the album was lean and strong, yet another hit under his belt, and more than earning its honors as the CMA's Album of the Year. It would be tempting for most artists to turn out another album just like the last but Strait isn't like...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
George Strait's greatest attribute is his consistency. It's not just how he rarely delivers a bad album but how his music remains rooted in pure Texas honky tonk, a fact that makes his reliably excellent music all the more remarkable. Sometimes Strait steps beyond reliable and delivers something close to transcendent, and 2006's nothing-but-the-basics It Just Comes Natural was one of those times. Playing exclusively to his strengths, the album was lean and strong, yet another hit under his belt, and more than earning its honors as the CMA's Album of the Year. It would be tempting for most artists to turn out another album just like the last but Strait isn't like most artists, as his 2008 follow-up, Troubadour, gracefully illustrates. Troubadour finds Strait turning introspective, getting softer and mellower, perhaps even slightly melancholy, yet it's a comforting melancholy, as the album never wallows in sadness -- there are plenty of Texas 2-steps, breezy mid-tempo tunes, and love songs to temper the blue moments here. Nevertheless, Strait is the troubadour of the title, a musician who bears the scars of the road and is a richer singer for it. This is especially evident on Troubadour, as it has a warm, burnished sound suited for his gently weathered voice, and its 12 songs are by and large exceptionally crafted and deceptively simple; they're songs that benefit greatly from Strait's casual virtuosity. As always, he has his pick of the best songsmiths -- Dean Dillon, Robert Earl Keen, Al Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Monty Holmes, and Scotty Emerick are among the writers bearing credits here -- and he has an unerring ability to pick songs that suit his strengths and weave together to form a cohesive whole (the only minor misstep being a too-anthemic tribute to Johnny Cash, "House of Cash"). Here, the mood is subdued, with even the lighter numbers not quite breaking a sweat, but that's the charm of Troubadour: in its relaxed, intimate way it recalls Merle Haggard's quieter, story-heavy albums of the early '70s, only with Strait's signature, unhurried attitude, a trait that only grows more attractive over the years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602517628540
  • Catalog Number: 001082602
  • Sales rank: 7,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Strait Primary Artist
Matt Rollings Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Billy Burnette Background Vocals
Steve Gibson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Shawn Camp Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Tom Flora Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Dennis Morgan Background Vocals
Steve Nathan Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ
Glenn Worf Bass
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Marty Slayton Background Vocals
Technical Credits
George Strait Producer
Billy Burnette Composer
Buddy Brock Composer
Tony Brown Producer
Shawn Camp Composer
Buddy Cannon Composer
Dean Dillon Composer
Randy Hardison Composer
Robert Earl Keen Jr. Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dennis Morgan Composer
Willis R. Nance Composer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Monty Holmes Composer
Leslie Satcher Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Scotty Emerick Composer
Kerry Kurt Phillips Composer
Jamey Johnson Composer
Rodney Clawson Composer
Kate and Kacey Coppola Composer
Kacey Coppola Composer
Wade Kirby Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    George has never been better

    This album is just nothing but pure, typical George Strait. Troubador, It was me, West Texas Town, Make her fall in Love contry song..you can dance to these all night...This vintage GEORGE!!! Youll enjoy this so much you wont want to turn it off

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The song "Troubadour" is why I bought the CD. I loved it and then enjoyed the other songs.

    Needless to say, I love George Strait and his music. I really connected with the song "Troubadour" for which the album is named. Being older, I was moved by the lyrics about becoming an old troubadour. A quiet, moving way to look at aging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    George Strait - Troubadour

    Of course it was great. It was George Strait. He never disappoints.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    WOW.. what a clever title.... I LOVE THIS SONG! I hope to hear it on the radio soon!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    solid strait

    George Strait rarely dissapoints. Favorite tracks:troubadour, i saw god today, give me more time. Only complaint is that it comes in at only 36 minutes.

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