One Step at a Time
continues the hot streak George Strait
began with Blue Clear Sky
. It's not on par with that latter-day masterpiece, yet equals its follow-up, Carrying Your Love with Me
, by offering a uniformly excellent set of songs that are all delivered with conviction from Strait
. If anything, Strait
is getting better with age, as he's able to give even mediocre material nuanced, impassioned performances, which is a trick younger country artists need to learn if they're ever going to have a catalog as rich and consistently rewarding as his.