TEN STRAIT HITS
George Strait (MCA 10450)
Just because it's hard to argue with success doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Take, for instance, "Ten Strait Hits," George Strait's third best-of album. Although there's no arguing that the 10 singles collected here have been terrifically successful for Strait, it's worth wondering why so many of them are ballads. Not that there's anything wrong with a good loser-in-love song like "Famous Last Words of a Fool," particularly when rendered by a voice as light and affecting as his, but after hearing what he can do with the livelier grooves of "Ace in the Hole," "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" and "I've Come To Expect It From You," it's hard not to wish that there will be more of that kind of material in his next 10 straight.
Soundtrack (Morgan Creek 20008)
Generally speaking, the rule among soundtrack albums is that ++ the more diverse the artist list is, the less cohesive the album will be. So how is it that the soundtrack to "Freejack," which boasts a lineup ranging from mainstream metal stars Scorpions to perky synth-popper Jane Child beat-crazed noise merchants Ministry holds together so well? Because instead of focusing on the bands, music consultant Gary Goetzman looked instead for suitably similar songs. And so the Scorpions offering, "Hit Between the Eyes," is raucous and insistent, Jane Child's "Mona Lisa Smiles" is screamingly soulful, Ministry's "Thieves" is tuneful yet intense, and this soundtrack is home free.