ALBUM REVIEW: George Strait, ‘Love is Everything’

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King” George may have announced his retirement from extensive touring with his current “Cowbody Rides Away” jaunt, but this release — his 40th! — should reassure his fans that he’s not departing the studio anytime soon.

“Love Is Everything” is not his strongest release of recent years, with a few too many generic midtempo cuts, but it does offer the consistency that has been Strait’s strong suit. His voice is in superb form and when the songs are, too, the album sparkles.

Among the highlights is “That’s What Breaking Hearts Do,” which has a zippy barn-dance swing in its step to match the solemn tears in its beers and conjures a vibe similar to Bruce Springsteen’s “All That Heaven Will Allow.”

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