By Alanna Nash
Updated March 05, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

It’s to his credit as a stylist that Strait can imbue even the most lightweight modern country material with the kind of grace that makes it soar at radio. But on his 24th album, Strait never forgets to prove his mettle with the honky-tonk masters, particularly on the Conway Twitty-ish ”4 Minus 3 Equals Zero,” a masculine view of the emotional meltdown of divorce. B+