Picks and Pans Review: George Strait

UPDATED 04/14/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/14/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

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For 27 years George Strait has succeeded in country music by turning out solid, well-produced albums with a mix of hook-laden honky-tonkers, sensitive ballads and Texas two-steppers. This is no exception. As usual, some of the strongest material is cowritten by Dean Dillon, who duets with Strait on "West Texas Town," a delightful, fiddle-laced slice of western swing. The troubadour also gets a welcome assist from Patty Loveless on the mournful "House of Cash," about the fire that destroyed Johnny and June's fabled home last year. Strait infuses it all with a laid-back delivery that is seemingly effortless.

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