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Clint Black

The Love Songs – 2007 (Equity)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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Originally, Clint Black may have been truer to his honky tonk roots than anyone in the Class of 1989, but his lengthy career has been highlighted by love songs. That's why it's fitting that Black released a themed, 12-song disc that features some of his best material in that category.

Black, recording on his own label, comes through with a different feel to the songs, one with a bluesy touch. There's more focus on the vocals throughout than there was on the original cuts.

"When I Said I Do," one of two duets with wife Lisa Hartman Black, is excellent. It proves how much extra effort they put into the song since it was originally recorded in the late 1990's.

Other highlights include "Our Kind of Love," a duet with Carolyn Dawn Johnson and the ballad "Something That We Do" The former is the most traditional-country sounding cut.

Black takes a big risk and wins with his cover of Jim Croce's "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song."