Entertainment Weekly - 5/15/92, p.64
"..On HOLDING MY OWN, Strait's most hard-core country album, he positions himself alongside such legends as Buck Owens and George Jones as a superior interpreter of pain and yearning.." - Rating: A-
Personnel: George Strait (vocals); Steve Gibson, David Anthony (acoustic guitar); Reggie Young, Rick McRae, Benny MacArthur (electric guitar); Buddy Emmons, Mike Daily (steel guitar); Johnny Gimble, Gene Elders (fiddle); Jim Horn (alto flute, saxophone); Floyd Domino, Ronnie Huckaby (piano); Joe Chemay, Terry Hale (bass); Larrie Londin, Mike Kennedy (drums); Curtis Young, Liana Manis (background vocals).
Personnel: David Anthony, Steve Gibson (guitar, acoustic guitar); Gene Elders (guitar, fiddle); Gene Daily (guitar); Rick McRae, Rick McRai, Benny MacArthur, Reggie Young (electric guitar); Mike Daily, Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Johnny Gimble (fiddle); Jim Horn (alto flute, saxophone); Ronnie Huckaby, Floyd Domino (piano); Larrie Londin, Michael Kennedy, Mike Kennedy (drums); Curtis Young, Liana Manis (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Steve Tillisch.
Recording information: Emerald Studio; Sound Stage.
Photographer: Mike Rutherford .
By the time he released his twelfth album Holding My Own in 1992, George Strait had been having hits for over a decade, a long time in any kind of pop music, so it should come as no surprise that when this hit the market it was surrounded by albums cut by singers inspired by Strait. As such, the title itself can be read as a little bit defensive, proving that Strait was indeed comparing well to such new stars as Garth Brooks, and there are other slight signs of Strait and producer Jimmy Bowen reacting to the shifting times. There's the return of a coat of gloss on such slow singles as "So Much Like My Dad," a slight tempering of Western swing, a brightening of the Telecasters and beat on the uptempo tunes, which does result in the delightful modern rockabilly of "It's Alright with Me," reminiscent of nothing less than an updated Ricky Nelson tune. All these changes are incorporated within the framework of Strait's traditional country, sitting alongside the shuffles and barroom ballads that are familiar but have hardly worn out their welcome at this point. It's a sound as comfortable as a pair of slippers and Strait is appealing as ever here; appealing enough to disguise that for as likeable as many of these songs are, they're not among his best. That may be true, but even average George Strait is quite enjoyable, and, in retrospect, this not only held its own against the new guys, it's aged better than many of their LPs -- it only pales in comparison to other records by Strait himself. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine