Alanna Nash
July 16, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

No Time to Kill

Current Status
In Season
Clint Black

We gave it a C+

When Clint Black jumped out of the box with Killin’ Time in 1989, he looked as if he’d soon own the store. He was the premier hat act, with good looks, terrific neotraditional songs about calloused factory workers and bruised lovers, and a pure Texas tenor that broke in all the right places. But that was before Garth Brooks and all the other go-for-broke cowpokes. Now the title of his fourth album, No Time to Kill (RCA), a play on the name of his first, * says it all-where Black once had time to waste, he knows the gig is almost up. As on his last record, the singer turns in a polished performance, but his voice sounds tired and thin-and he’s obviously too exhausted even to write a solid hit. Furthermore, the joyful buoyancy that marked his early records is nearly nonexistent. But then so is any strong emotion-even his country-pop duet with Wynonna, ”A Bad Goodbye,” is strangely devoid of passion. At this rate, Black might title his next album No Wonder They Killed Me. C+

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