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Album Review

Cost of Living continues the astonishing run of Delbert McClinton recordings that have come along since the mid-'90s. While some would argue that McClinton has always been consistent, Cost of Living ranks up there with Keeper of the Flame, Plain from the Heart, and Jealous Kind. This set contains 13 tunes, the majority of which McClinton either wrote or co-wrote with old mates including Gary Nicholson, Glen Clark, and Al Anderson. The sounds here are tough, gritty Texas rhythm & blues, hard honky tonk blues, slippery acoustic country, and killer funky white boy Southern soul. While there isn't a weak tune in the bunch, there are some standouts, such as the streetwise stroll of "The Part I Like the Best"; the David Parker/Manuel Villa swamp R&B of "I'll Change My Style"; the utterly spooky tale of robbery and tragedy "Down into Mexico," and the ripped-heart ballads "Kiss Her Once for Me" and "Your Memory, Me, and the Blues." There's also the rollicking wide-open rocker "Dead Wrong." The sheer intensity and acumen of McClinton's delivery on these songs takes his reputation as one of the great R&B singers to an entirely new shelf. For McClinton fans, this will be a major cause to celebrate, for the uninitiated, this is as fine a place as any to start. It's authentic, full of heart, and so deep it's fathomless.

Customer Reviews

Delbert McClinton--King of Blues/Rock

Every song that Delbert sings could be sub-titled, "Been there, done that"!! Nobody in this genre sings a song with more PASSION!!

Good Stuff

title says it all!

DELBERT AT HIS BEST, and if you know DELBERT you know that is a WONDERFULL thing !!!!

What can ya say about a guy who can go from COUNTRY to R&B to PURE BLUES other than WHEN IS HIS NEXT ALBUM DUE??? This album though released a few years ago is still one of DELBERTS BEST. From the opening track till ya get to my fav YOUR MEMORY ,ME AND THE BLUES this is typical DELBERT he draws ya in and then ya find yourself listening to the album more each day !!!! His use of SAX, HONKY TONK PIANO,combined with his GREAT VOCAL ability makes this IMHO one of his BEST ALBUMS !!!! Ya don;t get much today for 9.99 but buying this album makes ya feel like ya got a deal !!!! Why buy just this one.....go for his GREATEST HITS as well. Only a few artists can be a versatile as Delbert can be and this album shows that from track 1 to the end !!! James


Born: November 4, 1940 in Lubbock, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The venerable Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton's career began in the late '50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics' darling and favorite of...
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