‘Cold Beer Con­ver­sa­tion’

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Audiosyncracy - (AP)

GE­ORGE Strait — the old-school, tra­di­tional, con­sis­tent, semi-re­tired Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame mem­ber — might be the last per­son any­one would ex­pect to join the trend-con­scious move­ment of stars drop­ping a com­pleted al­bum with no ad­vanced no­tice.

The sur­prises don’t end there. “Cold Beer Con­ver­sa­tion” finds the Texas leg­end work­ing with a new pro­ducer for the first time in 25 years. Chuck Ain­lay has en­gi­neered Strait’s al­bums for decades, but this time he sits in the pro­ducer’s chair.

That said, “Cold Beer Con­ver­sa­tion” is vin­tage Strait. He has such a strong vo­cal pres­ence that even when he takes a left turn, as he of­ten does, it still sounds like him.

Strait re­mains at the top of his game, and the al­bum adds an­other gem to one of coun­try mu­sic’s deep­est, most en­ter­tain­ing cat­a­logs.

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