Picks and Pans Review: Holding My Own
He doesn't have the biggest hat or the most sensitive act, but among today's younger male country singers, Strait may have the mellowest voice and the strongest knack for picking a song. This laid-far-back album includes the mournful Paul Over-street—Thorn Schuyler ballad "Trains Make Me Lonesome," which previously served S.K.O. so well, and Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons's nostalgic "So Much Like My Dad." Dogmatic feminists may prefer the self-abasing "You're Right I'm Wrong" by Marty Stuart and Wayne Perry, though Strait never sounds all that apologetic. For romantics, there's a familiar-sounding title "All of Me (Loves All of You)."
As usual, Strait sings in the most straightforward style, as befits someone who has inherited Merle Haggard's spot as Nashville's prime exponent of sheer purty singing. (MCA)