George Strait 'Here For A Good Time' Humphead/MCA

The latest album from the dependable Mr. Strait is another straight down the line album of his trademark country. Nothing much has varied here from the last few albums other than Strait is now writing a lot more of his own songs. Seven songs here bear his name, all co-written with his son Bubba and long-time Strait scibe Dean Dillon. Production is again shared between Strait and Tony Brown who has been in that role for quite a few albums now. The players are, like the production, smooth and right on target. The vocal delivery is reliable as ever and he seems more connected here than he has at some times in the past and songs like Drinkin' Man show one side of the song direction while Three Nails And A Cross shows another way to gain some deliverance. Other self-penned songs are strong like Shame On Me. The them of drinkin' appears again in Chuck Cannon and Allen Shamblin's Poison. Veteran writers Gary Nicholson and Delbert McClinton co-wrote the rodeo rider reminisce, the uptempo Lone Star Blues which allows the players to strut their stuff. Jesse Winchester's A Showman's Life features harmonies from Faith Hill and is a song about the downsides of life on the road. He delivers it with conviction and some understanding of the subject matter. George Strait ain't going change much now and for that many of his fans will be thankful. Strait is what he is and while here been here for a long time he's also here for a good time and on this album he delivers just that.