Picks and Pans Review: Merry Christmas Strait to You

updated 12/08/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/08/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

George Strait

Strait's warm style makes him a natural for a Christmas album, and he more than does justice to such standbys as White Christmas and Winter Wonderland. There are welcome new tunes, too, such as Benny McArthur's When It's Christmas Time in Texas and the Hank Cochran-Harlan Howard song What a Merry Christmas This Could Be. Strait and co-producer Jimmy Bowen won't win any good taste awards, however, for picking For Christ's Sake, It's Christmas (by Cochran and Dean Dillon), which makes Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life) seem reverent. While the tune seems well-intentioned, the results are like having Santa show up calling everybody "Baby" and wearing a silk shirt open to the navel. (MCA)

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