Materially "The Road Less Traveled" rates among George Strait's best albums. Strait truly is always never the same, each album is different. While this one is not 100% "Pure Country" for the traditional Country Music lovers such as myself - it is Pure STRAIT and so can't help but have a definite Country heart and appeal to some of the tracks such as the honkytonkin'"Good Time Charley's," and "The Real Thing" -- and ohh lawd I love what he does with his voice in that track!
"She'll Leave You With A Smile" while having the same title as a song previously recorded by George is not only different but wonderful!
The first single "Run" has me enthralled, this is the kind of song that you never get tired of hearing, you sing along, and it makes you want to get in that "Chevvy" and speed right to him! George's vocals are so smooth and so Texan, admittedly certain words really get to me.
"Don't Tell Me You're Not In Love" struck me personally and deeply the first time I heard it, and has me in tears every time. I can only sit here and shake my head in amazement at this man's talent.
I love all the tracks from "Out In The Middle Of Nowhere" to the well-written "Stars On The Water" to the "The Road Less Traveled" which is absolutely different and wonderfully Dean Dillon. Once again the combination of Strait and Dillon produce pure enjoyment. Dean knows how to tell a story, and George knows how to interpret the emotions.
My favorite of this album at this moment partly because I've seen George do this song in concert close-up and mostly because I know George is sending a message, making a statement, is "My Life's Been Grand." It gave the Hag chills when he heard it. Need I say more.
Vocally - and this is what rates this album as the best George has ever done in my opinion - there is only pure enjoyment in that buttah smooth baritone. Once again Mr. Strait shows why after twenty years he is still at the top of the charts. He is the Master of interpretation and vocalization, his heart is in the song, he carries you with him and always leaves you wanting more. This is George Strait at his finest... as of this year and month, for as fine wine he's only getting better with age. My heartfelt advice; George delivers, own this album and experience the Road Less Traveled.