**GEORGE STRAIT "If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin' ." MCA. When this buttoned-down, neat-as-pin hunk from Texas hit the scene a few years back, who'd a thunk we'd ever come across another singer as adorably laid-back and Strait-laced? But, to paraphrase the old song, along came Travis. The gulf between country's two young leading men becomes more dramatic with Strait's latest album, which further illuminates Randy Travis' apparent stranglehold on the best country songs available these days.
The title cut here, written by Tommy Collins, aims for a sort of Hank Williams-like innocence ("If you ain't gettin' no huggin'/No kissin' or a-muggin' ") but merely plays out as cutesy. Aaron Baker's "Baby Blue" is the kind of soggy ballad you'd expect in a "Barry Manilow Goes to Nashville" TV special. Most of the rest are just as forgettable.