By Alanna Nash
Updated September 18, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Michael Martin Murphey’s best album in a decade, Cowboy Songs Four, finds him addressing nearly all aspects of the Western spirit, from contemporary land and water issues (”Rangeland Rebel”) to the luck of the draw (”Born to Buck Bad Luck”) to untamed nature (”Summer Ranges”). He even out-sings Lyle Lovett on their duet of ”Farther Down the Line.” Pony up, saddle pals. B+