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Somewhere Down in Texas

George StraitAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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listen  9. Ready For The End Of The World 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. She Let Herself Go 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B0009GX23W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Country's most reluctant superstar can always lend gravity to even the weakest of songs, so masterful is his phrasing and restrained, expressive delivery, and so artful his picking and the production that surrounds his Everyman baritone. On Somewhere Down in Texas, many of George Strait's songs are semiautobiographical and ring with authenticity. The title track portrays a man who's weary of the road and yearns to stay home with his family; "Texas" salutes the state that made him what he is; and "You'll Be There," the heartfelt single that talks of meeting a loved one in the afterlife, likely hits a nerve with the singer, who lost a child some years ago. Strait also does well with the terrible twins of country dance-hall fare, misery and grief--particularly on the honky-tonk weeper "Ready for the End of the World" and the killer ballad "Good News, Bad News," a duet with Lee Ann Womack, who cowrote the tune with Dean Dillon and Dale Dodson. Womack sings rings around her fellow Texan, giving her reading of this exquisite song of heartbreak an emotional resonance that sticks in the mind long after it's over. But Strait conveys a stoic acceptance of a tragically missed chance at love, and it plays just right for a cowboy antihero. Somewhere Down in Texas could have benefited from the addition of an irresistible rhythm tune or another example of the western swing that Strait embraced so fervently early in his career. But every time ol' George refers to his heroes by name--Haggard, Nelson, and Jones--you know time will show him to be, if not precisely in their league, certainly a close second. --Alanna Nash

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Product Description

After 20 years of making timeless country music, earning armloads of awards, selling over 60 million albums, shattering attendance records in venues across the country and accruing more Number One singles than any other recording artist in history, it would seem there's little left for the biggest name in country music to achieve. Nonetheless, he's done it again. George Strait's new single, 'You'll Be There', is the highest charting debut of his career entering the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart at #30. MCA. 2005.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best... June 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
George really goes out on a limb on this album and puts some big production in the back of his songs. But when you boil it down it still has the steel guitars and fiddles of all Strait songs. Put it down as you may but die-hard Strait fans, like myself, will totally enjoy this album and recommend to anyone who loves country music!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real, Traditional, Pure, Country Music March 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Every song on this CD is great and I guarantee you will enjoy it unless...

a. You think the word "Badonkadonk" belongs in a country song.

b. You think Cowboy Troy is anything but rap.

c. You consider Big & Rich country.

If you do not agree with any of the above statements you will love this CD. This is country at its best from a REAL COUNTRY SINGER.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This album is a little more "Texas" than George's recent stuff. It starts with "If the Whole World Was A Honky Tonk" which is classic George. Then you have the title track that is along the lines of the slow tunes of the middle years. Track #3 "The Seashores of Old Mexico" was written by one of his biggest influences, Merle Haggard. "You'll be there" has already received well-deserved acclaim. "Good News, Bad News" a duet with LeAnn Womack (his first duet with a female recording artist, I think?) is enough to have anyone throw themselves off a bridge -- George Jones/Tammy Wynette come to mind. "Oh What a Perfect Day" is another track that would fit comfortably on past almbums such as Ocean Front Property. Fittingly "Texas" may be the best track on the album. It's hard to imagine any country artist today that's more Pure Country. Another outstanding effort. You can't be at the top this long unless you have this level of consistency.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU GEORGE! August 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
George Strait may be the only one country singer who can have me purchased his new album right away with a tune unheard! And his works have never disappointed me. His new album, Somewhere Down In Texas, is one of the greatest country albums in the past 2-3 months for me. It's a pity because I'm Thai and there's no way I can see his live show here in Thailand. Never mind, I can have him anytime at my living room performing great stuff just for me. Where the hell did I put his DVD concert?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Texan, American, and Avid Cyclist June 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
He hits it deep and it is gone. This is another home run by George Strait. Listening to the entire CD makes me wonder if this is his last one. Somewhere Down in Texas may be the song he takes into the sunset. The same one he says he will watch from his porch in Texas. Nothing needs to be said for You'll be There because it is all in the song. I believe his theme song just may be Texas. Bad News, Good News is a wonderful duet with Lee An Womack. If this is his last one he goes out big.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Strait has done it again.... March 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
First of all i want to say that i like Big and Rich, I like a few songs of cowboy troys...now on to this album....

I am a huge George Fan. I did find some of his other albums weak but this is NOT one of them. From the first song...IF the whole world was a honky tonk...to the last one By the light of a burning bridge this album had me. Its an album that i wont get sick of hearing. He is true to George...from his slow southern songs that make you think hes singing to you..to his up beat tempos that make your toes tap...to his almost sounding autobiographical song Texas....to the song that pulls and tugs at your heartstrings this album is one that i highly recommend to any and every George fan. Hes come along way....and he is here to stay. And we are all the better for having bought this CD. Enjoy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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No, this won't go down as one of George Strait's best CD's. While a few of the songs really are terrific (the smash autobiographical title song hit for sure), most are not that memorable. But when the performer is one of the best male voices on the air; one who's humble persona and clean-cut life just begs for adulation; it takes little more than "nice" to be just fine for eleven new songs that by and large entertain. In addition to the great title cut, his duet with Lee Ann Womack is outstanding, even if she does steal the show by singing her heart out on a true country ballad for a change instead of trying to cross-over into Faith or Shania pop territory. We just wish there had been more than just the one phrase in two-part harmony by these two, in what is an awfully short story song.

Other fun cuts include the lead song "If The Whole World Was A Honky Tonk"; "The Seashores Of Old Mexico"; the clever lyrics of "She Let Herself Go"; and the visionary "Ready For The End Of The World". While the other songs might seem more like filler, filler from George Strait is still pretty darn good. We suspect this CD will be quite successful - while maybe not one of his barnburners, still a very likable addition to his collection! Enjoy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the masters has done it again August 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes, country music fans--and the industry--wait a little too late before they realize when a giant is in their midst. It's time to recognize that even though he's not grey-bearded and stooped with age, George Strait is such a giant.

This CD provides yet more evidence of his mastery of the genre. As a vocalist, he is immediately recognizable and as welcome as hot coffee on a chilly early morning. The way he can wrap heart, soul, and vocal chords around a heartbreaking lyric is a wonder to behold. And, when he sings about issues close to his heart, the listener gets a glimpse of the true soul of the man.

"Somewhere Down in Texas," "The Seashores of Old Mexico," and "Texas" all feel close to home for Strait, and he really delivers with a sense of familiarity and fondness for his subject matter. Only the hardest of hearts could resist "You'll Be There" and Strait's sincerely moving delivery.

Lee Ann Womack, continuing her trek back to all things country, adds her lovely and powerful voice on the duet, "Good News, Bad News." Classic country themes and smart lyrics are highlighted on "If the Whole World Was a Honky Tonk" and "By the Light of the Burning Bridge." And, you've got to hand it to Strait...few singers can let a good lyric do its work as well as Strait can.

So, to sum up: here's another classic, indespensible CD from a man who has given us many of them. Long may he reign!
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3.0 out of 5 stars George
George is good no matter what he is singing.
Published 6 days ago by Billie M. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd.
Has George Strait ever gone wrong? Great cd.
Published 17 days ago by bonny french
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album. Somewhere down in Texas should'be been in his final concert.
Published 1 month ago by Stephen L. Urry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great CD
Published 1 month ago by bob hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail to the King.
King George does it again and will most likely keep on doing it. Fantastic.
Published 2 months ago by L. Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding music!!
This is the second time I have purchased this album! My husband & I both love this cd so much that we each wanted one!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love George
This was a great album and it downloaded with no problem along with software. Thanks a bunch for this awesome music.
Published 3 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars George
As I said before, George is my all- time favorite and I love anything he does. I own almost all of his CDs!
Published 3 months ago by Dixie Nothiger
5.0 out of 5 stars One to listen to over and over again
I pull out my George Strait cd's all the time and this is one of my favorites. It's got such a great variety of his songs, classic Strait music, with fiddles and great guitar... Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Great song writing and a great singer.
George has a lot of albums but this one is in my top 5.
Published 8 months ago by John Dzeima
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