Here For A Good Time
By Amanda Miles
“King George” will continue his reign as the undisputed king of country music with the release of his latest album, Here for a Good Time. George’s 39th studio album was recorded in Key West, FL with Strait’s long time producer, Tony Brown. You can hear the laid-back beach vibe flowing through a number of songs on the new album. Strait co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks on the album. Fans will not be disappointed–the album contains stellar cuts that are pure Strait.
Here for a Good Time is packed with Strait’s signature ballads and honky tonk jams. The album opens with ‘Love’s Gonna Make It Alright’, a light hearted tale of love making each day brighter. The second track is an emotional ballad called ‘Drinkin’ Man’, a stand out on the album. ‘Drinkin’ Man’ is a sobering account of waking up hung over, full of regret. The song tells of a harsh struggle with the bottle and trying to walk away from addiction but “that’s a hell of a lot to ask of a drinkin’ man.” George is known for having an ear for selecting hit songs-this song is no exception. The ballad is followed by a swaggering honky tonk tune, ‘Shame on Me.’
‘Poison’ is a coming of age tune about choosing pain over common sense…falling for that one person who can break your heart, “even if it kills you in the end.” George’s tone has never been sweeter when he sings the simple but heart breaking lyric “pick your poison.”
The fifth track is the lead single from the album ‘Here For A Good Time’, a fun and witty two step romp. George boasts “I’m here for a good time/To hell with the red wine/pour me some moonshine.” In ‘A Showman’s Life’, Strait takes a nostalgic look at life on the road. Strait sings with sincerity about the life he has lived as an entertainer, “no mention of the wear and tear on a honky tonker’s heart…no one told me about this part.” George at his best. ‘Blue Marlin Blues’ is a fun Jimmy Buffett-style frolic that captures the Key West vibe.
Overall, Here for a Good Time is superb. King George proves once again why he has more number one hits than any artist in any genre in music history.