Release Date: 11 August 2009
The content of the album is just as daring, possibly moreso. For starters, Strait co-wrote three songs, the first time he's recorded a song written by his own hand since 1982's "I Can't See Texas from Here." Perhaps the impetus was the opportunity to bond with son George "Bubba" Strait, Jr., with whom he co-wrote the songs. Bubba is also credited as the lone songwriter of "Arkansas Dave," a violent song about a son seeking vengeance against his father's killer; hardly the same kind of dancehall fare we've come to expect. "Easy as You Go" chronicles a young couple who give into lust, and whose families disapprove of the ensuing pregnancy. And, to ensure that you don't leave the album feeling too back-to-normal, Strait closes with "El Rey," sung entirely in Spanish!
Not everything is out of place, though. The album-opening "Twang" is vintage honky-tonkin' Strait, and "I Gotta Get to You" is sure to find its way onto a young love playlist. "Where Have I Been All My Life" and "The Breath You Take" find Strait offering the perspective of a man seasoned enough to see things differently. All in all, despite the bold new areas for his music, Twang is undeniably a George Strait album--and that's never a bad thing.