No Time to Kill 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… No Time to Kill 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… Clint Black Country
Music Review

No Time to Kill

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performance: Clint Black; Genre: Country

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+

Originally posted Jul 16, 1993 Published in issue #179 Jul 16, 1993 Order article reprints
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