Spend My Time

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Fans of Clint Black's propulsive country rockers will not be disappointed by his self-produced Spend My Time. He gets down into a greasy, slinky groove on "All Fall Down," a gospel-tinged workout punctuated by some funky harmonica and banjo. Then he flaunts his versatility by going twangy and edgy on the driving "Everything I Need" and firing up some low-down, swampy blues on the stomping "The Boogie Man," driven by tasty, serpentine guitar licks, honky-tonk piano, and wailing harmonica. But Spend My Time is most remarkable for Black's deep, soulful ballad singing. An artist who has cut his fair share of stirring love songs, Black hits a high-water mark here, delivering ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Fans of Clint Black's propulsive country rockers will not be disappointed by his self-produced Spend My Time. He gets down into a greasy, slinky groove on "All Fall Down," a gospel-tinged workout punctuated by some funky harmonica and banjo. Then he flaunts his versatility by going twangy and edgy on the driving "Everything I Need" and firing up some low-down, swampy blues on the stomping "The Boogie Man," driven by tasty, serpentine guitar licks, honky-tonk piano, and wailing harmonica. But Spend My Time is most remarkable for Black's deep, soulful ballad singing. An artist who has cut his fair share of stirring love songs, Black hits a high-water mark here, delivering tremendously affecting readings of meaningful lyrics, mostly penned by Black and his career-long partner, Hayden Nicholas. On the lilting title song, spare instrumentation forms a backdrop for a vow to live every minute of life to its fullest. Sweet, rising pedal steel lines and a soft wash of strings propel the romantic fantasies of "My Imagination." "Someone Else's Tears," one of the most moving ballads Black's ever written or recorded, builds from a whisper to a scream in its description of a love affair in pieces, and Black seals the deal with the urgency he brings to the powerful chorus. He's made good records in recent years, but Black is energized to the hilt on Spend My Time, which bears the mark of his most important work: insightful writing, smart arrangements, soul-deep vocalizing, and a great big heart wide open. Spend some time with this one -- the rewards keep on comin'.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clint Black was one of the leading figures of the new traditionalist movement of the early '90s, riding it to stardom. By the end of the decade, his celebrity was still rather potent -- helped slightly by his marriage to actress Lisa Hartman -- but his profile had declined, so when his contract with RCA expired after 1999's D'Lectrified, he left his longtime home for a new venture, a new label called Equity, where he was a co-partner with several Nashville industry insiders. It was a good time for Black to move away from the majors: his sales were sliding slightly, and as D'Lectrified illustrated, he wasn't exactly interested in pursuing a purely commercial direction. Some of his early-'90s peers, such as Sammy Kershaw, followed a similar patter, but where Kershaw returned to hardcore country on his first-post major album, 2003's I Want My Money Back, Black uses his freedom to drift away from country, turning in a straight-up singer/songwriter album with Spend My Time, his first record for Equity. This album isn't just laid-back, it's subdued, filled with earnest ballads and lazy rockers, all given a sleek, professional production by Black himself, who wrote all of the material as well usually with collaborators, particularly Hayden Nicholas. It's a little strange that Black would use his first independent record to make an album so firmly entrenched in the middle of the road -- after all, most artists get rougher, not smoother, when they strike out on their own -- but it's a sturdily constructed album, fitting well within the borders of adult pop, even adult contemporary. And, if there's a problem with the record, it's that -- that it's an adult contemporary singer/songwriter record, lacking the punch and grit of Black's best recordings. Where Merle Haggard provided inspiration on Clint's earlier records, the touchstones here are the Eagles and James Taylor, filtered through modern mature, pop radio. On that level, Spend My Time isn't bad -- Black is still an engaging vocalist, and he's convincing on this rather samey, mid-tempo material -- but it isn't a patch on his best work. It's unsatisfyingly ironic that his first independent venture has resulted in his safest record to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Equity Music Group
  • UPC: 880966300129
  • Catalog Number: 3001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spend My Time (4:06)
  2. 2 We All Fall Down (5:35)
  3. 3 My Imagination (3:50)
  4. 4 She's Leavin' (3:45)
  5. 5 Everything I Need (4:14)
  6. 6 What Ever Happened (4:13)
  7. 7 A Mind To (4:54)
  8. 8 Just Like You and Me (3:44)
  9. 9 The Boogie Man (3:52)
  10. 10 Someone Else's Tears (3:26)
  11. 11 Haywire (6:00)
  12. 12 A Lover's Clown (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clint Black Primary Artist, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bass Harmonica
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Steve Wariner Classical Guitar
Matt Rollings Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Piano (Grand)
Eric Darken Percussion
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Lenny Castro Percussion
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Hayden Nicholas Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Dean Parks Banjo, Guitar (Resonator)
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Steel Guitar
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Steve Real Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gerry House Composer
Clint Black Composer, Producer, Engineer
Steve Wariner Composer, Drawing
Matt Rollings Composer
Steve Dorff Arranger, Composer
Will Jennings Composer
Julian King Engineer
Hayden Nicholas Composer
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Katie Gillon Art Direction
Mary Beth Felts grooming
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    And I don't even like County.....

    I've never listened to Clint Black and would never really admit to liking country but I heard Clint Black's beautiful song "Spending my Time" and found myself humming it and then thinking often of the emotions it sparks and the thoughts about the important things in life. When a song gets under my skin that much I have to buy it. The other songs on the CD are also quite good but I just play "Spending my time" over and over - it is so hauntingly, soothingly beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great review, for a great artist

    Clint, I love your music and you are one of my idols. After hearing your song "Spend my Time" it's given me a new perspective in life, and that's to live it while you can. You sing this song from the heart, and it fits with all of the other songs you have done on the past. Great job!

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