Ocean Front Property
Released: Jan 1987
Opening with the lazy tempo and wry humor of "All My Exes Live in Texas," Ocean Front Property debuted at No. 1 when it appeared in 1987. That laid-back feel and understated Western swing permeate the record even on the more rocking tunes, namely "Hot Burning Flames" and "You Can't Buy Your Way Out of the Blues." Both of those songs feature the Ace in the Hole Band, the honky-tonk group Strait fronted before embarking on his mega-successful solo career. The title cut -- another back-porch-mellow, subtly sarcastic gem -- is one of Strait's very best songs.