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Road Less Traveled
     

The Road Less Traveled

4.8 11
by George Strait
 
Any way you cut it, George Strait's The Road Less Traveled winds through a landscape of meaningful words and expressive music, with depth perspective supplied some of the best vocals this solid tenor has laid down in years. The infectious western swing romp of Rodney Crowell's "Stars on the Water" gets the feet moving; "She'll Leave You With a Smile," a

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Any way you cut it, George Strait's The Road Less Traveled winds through a landscape of meaningful words and expressive music, with depth perspective supplied some of the best vocals this solid tenor has laid down in years. The infectious western swing romp of Rodney Crowell's "Stars on the Water" gets the feet moving; "She'll Leave You With a Smile," a heartbreaking account of a designing, love-'em-and-leave-'em kinda gal, will drop a tear in your beer; "Living and Living Well," with its rocking rumination "There's a difference between living and living well," is a stone cold country epiphany. Mid-tempo balladeering doesn't get any better than what Strait pulls off on "The Middle of Nowhere," a powerful account of a lovelorn fellow abandoned on the land, appealing to God for a healing sign. And the laconic grace he brings to Merle Haggard's bittersweet reflection, ""My Life's Been Grand," not only honors an artistic debt, but stands on its own as a quintessential honky tonk tearjerker given added grandeur by sweet, crying strings and an absolutely mesmerizing sense of resignation on Strait's part. Take this road-it'll get you there.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Cohoon
Industry icon George Strait is obviously still "countrified" in The Road Less Traveled, but the country traditionalist has a few out of the ordinary tricks up his sleeve this time. After 25 platinum albums flavored mainly with Texas swing and grassroots country, Strait is now playing the experimentalist. Though the album does touch upon traditional Strait material with songs such as "She'll Leave You With a Smile" and "Don't Tell Me You're Not in Love," the singer employs uncharacteristic synthetic vocal enhancement à la Cher's (mentioning Cher in the same sentence with George Strait never seemed possible before) "Do You Believe in Love" remix on his Cajun tune "Stars on the Water." The mix may make you check the CD case to make sure it's Strait you're playing, but doesn't come across as that distracting. The irony comes two cuts later, when Strait calls for "The Real Thing," referring to the music of artists such as Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. The arrangement of the album's first single, "Run," is also a bit of a change for Strait, though the song's idea is undeniably country. The Road Less Traveled finishes out with a song written by Merle Haggard and Terry Gordon that Strait calls "the soundtrack to his life." "My Life's Been Grand" seems like a suitable message to fans after 57 million records sold and, as Strait points out in another cut from this fascinatingly diverse album (contradiction and all), that's the difference between "Living and Living Well."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008817022024
catalogNumber:
170220

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Strait   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
George Strait   Producer
Bobby Wood   Composer
Gordon Terry   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer
Jim Chestnut   Composer
Tony Colton   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Kim Williams   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Odie Blackmon   Composer
A. Smith   Composer
Jay Knowles   Composer
Jackson Leap   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer

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The Road Less Traveled 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's easy to see why the Country Music Association nominated "The Road Less Traveled" for Album of the Year. As usual, George seems to have the Midas Touch. Every song he records seems to turn into gold. There are a plethora of quality hits on this album led by his record breaking 37th #1 Billboard Chart topper - "Living & Living Well". His current single(She'll Leave You with a Smile)is also moving rapidly up the Billboard Charts. A couple months down the road, his 4th single to be released from this platinum album will be "Don't Tell Me You're Not In Love". This is definitely a Five star rated album. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think George Strait is the best country singer there is.He just keeps putting out the best music and has such a great voice,he makes it sound as he is singing right to you and he has wonderful eyes,I love him for his music.Theres no better,Alan Jackson is close,but not in my heart,its been George Strait for 20yrs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with Purestrait. If you listen to the words of Stars on the Water - you will see that it is country, it is all about southern living and southern life. It is about a better time and place. The entire album is great! I highly recommended it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is very good, it's one of George greatest albums.. My favorite songs are Run and Stars on the water (it is a good song)
Guest More than 1 year ago
George has recorded another great album, ever song on it is great. If your a George fan you will deffinately not be disappointed, if your not one(for some odd reason) then you will deffiantely become one. It sticks with his idea that country should be country, not anything else. WAY TO GO GEORGE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many wonderful and talented country entertainers but no-one can come close to THE George Strait!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
O.k. who cares that george uses a little production for once. It is what makes the album better than the rest. The Road Less Traveled is the best yet to come and is the most diverse album from George ever. FIVE stars all the way for THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with George Strait nut. After hearing Run, I commented to my husband how it doesn't matter what George puts out, it's always perfect, and always country. Then, not ten minutes later, I heard Stars on the Water, and could not believe my ears. Rest of the album is great (as always), but skip the third track.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing Run, I decided this was going to be georges best album. But tonight I heard ''Stars on the water'' which ruins Georges Strait. Its computerized as in many pop songs such as in Kid Rock and Cher's songs. Definitly not country and definitly not GS. I gave it a 4 for the rest of the album, But i will never EVER listen to ''Stars on the water''. other than that great album. George listen to ''Stars on the water'' and then listen to ''Murder on music row'' I think you will catch my drift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that George has done another great cd. So what if he used a little computer enhancing sounds in STARS ON THE WATER?? It still maintains the good country sound that only GS can deliver. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GEORGE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago