Songwriters: Al Anderson, Chris Stapleton
Right from the get-go, George Strait’s Here for a Good Time album opener “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” carried the distinct odor of a future single.
At first glance, the lyrics may seem a bit filler-ish. But in large part, where the single goes right is in creating the perfect mood and backdrop for its straightforward story. Smooth fiddling and steel picking give the song a vintage flavor that sounds strongly reminiscent of Strait’s beloved nineties hits such as “Write This Down” and “Check Yes or No.” Strait’s vocal performance carries a palpable yet understated earnestness to it. This only serves to affirm his status as one of country music’s finest lyrical interpreters. With such fitting treatment, the song ends up a breezy, easygoing listening experience that will make for a good ‘kick back and sing along’ moment. It’s hardly rocket science, but it exudes charm in its simplicity.
There’s really nothing about “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” that would surprise or challenge listeners, and it has some potential to be lost among Strait’s similar-sounding material. But like “Here for a Good Time” before it, it makes for a good catchy little interlude in Strait’s solid body of work.
It will do for now. “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” serves as a broadly pleasant diversion as we wait for the album’s finest material to see radio release. Is a little “Poison” too much to ask for?