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Single Review: George Strait – ‘Let It Go’

Let-It-GoFor the vast majority of his long major-label career, George Strait has relied on outside songwriters for his material. In fact, the 1982 album cut “I Can’t See Texas From Here” held the distinction of being his only self-penned recording until 2009 when he co-wrote “Living For The Night” with his son Bubba and Dean Dillon. He has been making up for lost time ever since; the trio has collaborated on a number of songs, including “Here For a Good Time” (2011), “Drinkin’ Man” (2012), and “I Believe” (2013). Strait’s newest single “Let It Go” finds him and Bubba teaming up with Keith Gattis.

“Let It Go” is also noteworthy because it finds Strait teaming up with a new co-producer Chuck Ainlay, marking the first time since 1992 that he has shared production duties with anyone other than Tony Brown. While the song’s commercial impact remains to be seen, the change in co-producers has paid off from a creative standpoint. “Let It Go” is my favorite George Strait single in quite some time. It is a light-hearted, carefree tune that should be peaking on the charts by early summer. It is contemporary enough to be radio-friendly, without making any embarrassing attempts to chase current commercial attempts, like a few of the tracks on the new Reba McEntire album. The inclusion of steel drums towards the end of the song give it a breezy, summertime Caribbean feel without beating the listener over the head (Kenny Chesney, please take note).

Strait, who will be 63 next month, hasn’t had a single on the charts since 2013’s “I Got a Car”, which was one of the lowest charting singles of his career, peaking at #37. Only its predecessor “I Believe”, which did not chart at all, has performed worse. Changes in Billboard’s charting methodolgies and the fact that he isn’t touring anymore don’t help. His reign on the charts may be winding down, but I’m hoping that this deserving late-career entry will buck the trend and enjoy some success.

Listen to it here.

Grade: A

7 responses to “Single Review: George Strait – ‘Let It Go’

  1. Ken April 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Though not horrible it definitely stands deeply in the shadows of Strait’s better efforts. Lyrically they just googled “cliches” and wrote ’em all down. No question that the song was produced to be NOT very country so that today’s idiot country programmers who fall all over themselves attracting idiot millenial listeners will play it.

  2. Leeann Ward April 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I really like this song and King George is sound as good as ever.

  3. Paul W Dennis April 22, 2015 at 12:46 am

    This song is okay, maybe a B+ if one grades on a curve, but George has had many better songs

  4. luckyoldsun April 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Hey, to the first poster:
    Is there anything that doesn’t serve to rouse your hatred of young people?
    Haagen Daaz puts out a new ice cream? George Strait puts out a new song? Duke wins the NCAAs?

  5. Markus Meyer April 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I like this one. Not groundbreaking, but it is very enjoyable, probably a B+ for me.

    By the way, just a little typo, “I Got a Car” peaked at #17 on the airplay chart, and #23 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

  6. Michelle (Aussie Girl) April 28, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I personally love this song it’s so much better than anything Jason Aldean or Luke Bryan have done. As for Reba’s album I personally liked it but each to their own.

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