Delbert McClinton – Cost Of Living — New West Records

by | Aug 29, 2005 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

 Delbert McClinton – Cost Of Living — New West Records NWA3013 ***1/2:  

McClinton grew up in Texas and had early exposure to all types of music
including swing, blues, jazz, rock, and country.  In his early
twenties he had the chance to play alongside blues legends like
Lightnin’ Hopkins, Joe Turner, Sonny Boy Williams, Jimmy Reed, B.B.
King, and Bobby Blue Bland.  The music on the disc is honky tonk
and full of stories of real life: loss, longing, fortitude, and
everything that makes up the blues.  Delbert wrote or co-wrote
every song except for “I’ll Change My Style.”  On this track his
pleas to his companion sound a lot like the Oldies.  In fact, the
next few tunes have this quality to them.  

The majority of the material is solid and ranges from blues to country
western—the typical music you’d hear at a live performance at a blues
bar/dance club.  The sound of the disc is good although there is a
bit of edge on instruments and wispiness/sibilance on voice and bass
isn’t as powerful as you’d expect.  The music is upbeat, full of
energy, and sure to get the listener moving.  Songs included
are:  One Of The Fortunate Few; Right To Be Wrong; The Part I Like
Best; I’ll Change My Style; Hammerhead Stew; Your Memory, Me And The
Blues; Dead Wrong; Down Into Mexico; Kiss Her Once For Me; Had A Real
Good Time; Midnight Communion; Two Step Too; Alright By Me.

-Brian Bloom

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