10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded around the time that Clint Black turned 30, No Time to Kill shows him trying new things while reflecting on his life thus far, and the arrangements are more considered and fleshed-out than anything he had done previously. Black had done many songs with swiftly-stepping grooves before, but never anything as lush as “No Time to Kill,” which is a sly sequel to the singer’s 1989 debut “Killin’ Time.” For the first time Black appears fully comfortable singing sweeping, melodramatic ballads like “Thinkin’ Again” and “Half the Man.” It's impossible to imagine the Clint Black of 1989 singing a song like “A Bad Goodbye”— an orchestral duet with Wynona Judd — but he handles it with all the required feeling. As if to balance the dramatic balladry, No Time to Kill also includes some of Black’s most entertaining songs. “A Good Run of Bad Luck” utilizes a gambling motif, while “I’ll Take Texas” is a charming bit of Western Swing (originally written for George Strait, who rejected it) that shows Black polishing his Texas pride. Best of all is “Tuckered Out” a breakneck dance song with dizzying wordplay based on the surnames of country music stars.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded around the time that Clint Black turned 30, No Time to Kill shows him trying new things while reflecting on his life thus far, and the arrangements are more considered and fleshed-out than anything he had done previously. Black had done many songs with swiftly-stepping grooves before, but never anything as lush as “No Time to Kill,” which is a sly sequel to the singer’s 1989 debut “Killin’ Time.” For the first time Black appears fully comfortable singing sweeping, melodramatic ballads like “Thinkin’ Again” and “Half the Man.” It's impossible to imagine the Clint Black of 1989 singing a song like “A Bad Goodbye”— an orchestral duet with Wynona Judd — but he handles it with all the required feeling. As if to balance the dramatic balladry, No Time to Kill also includes some of Black’s most entertaining songs. “A Good Run of Bad Luck” utilizes a gambling motif, while “I’ll Take Texas” is a charming bit of Western Swing (originally written for George Strait, who rejected it) that shows Black polishing his Texas pride. Best of all is “Tuckered Out” a breakneck dance song with dizzying wordplay based on the surnames of country music stars.

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