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Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Sep 29, 2011
    83
    There's plenty of party-startin' on the country king's latest, but Good Time contains some trademark Strait talk, too. [Sep 2011, p.137]
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    This winning formula should keep you around for quite a while.
  3. Oct 28, 2011
    70
    If he's reaching the end of his storied career, or even just playing around with the idea of closing off his legacy, he's also managing to keep things fresh and add to his lengthy list of memorable songs.
  4. 70
    There's no fuss to his performance. He leans into the most desperate lines and nearly lets his voice crack, all in the service of the thing he's always been best at--making a heavyweight song hit home.
  5. 70
    At this point he's most genuine when being reasonable, wistful, reassuring or grateful.
  6. Sep 6, 2011
    70
    If the livelier numbers initially make the strongest impression -- whether it's Al Anderson's sunny pop opener "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" or a pair of fleet-footed blues in "Lone Star Blues" and "Blue Marlin Blues" -- it's the introspective moments that anchor the album and lend it a measure of gravity.
  7. Sep 6, 2011
    70
    It's this willingness to take some calculated risks with his trademark sound and to develop his voice as a songwriter that makes Strait's most recent run the richest and most rewarding of his career, and Here for a Good Time is both a good time and a new peak for Strait.
  8. Sep 6, 2011
    70
    King George isn't breaking new ground, but Here for a Good Time doesn't threaten his crown.
  9. 63
    Most of the rest of the material is classic Strait-style lite country, his eminently easygoing tenor effortlessly handling songs that skim the surface rather than plumb the depths of life. In doing so, at least he keeps the promise of the album's title.

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