The Love Songs

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Clint Black isn't the first artist to offer a different spin on a greatest-hits package by reworking some of his old blockbusters instead of packaging the originals together, but he may well have set a new standard for such endeavors with The Love Songs. Black's vocals this time out prove considerably more mature than the first time around. The lilting beauty of "You Made Me Feel" is enhanced by Black's assured reading, which is tinged with the subtlest of blues and goosed along by a gently swinging small combo groove; Bryan Austin's atmospheric finger-picked acoustic guitar lead and Black's own harmonica fills add a rustic feel to the simple, sensible sentiments of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Clint Black isn't the first artist to offer a different spin on a greatest-hits package by reworking some of his old blockbusters instead of packaging the originals together, but he may well have set a new standard for such endeavors with The Love Songs. Black's vocals this time out prove considerably more mature than the first time around. The lilting beauty of "You Made Me Feel" is enhanced by Black's assured reading, which is tinged with the subtlest of blues and goosed along by a gently swinging small combo groove; Bryan Austin's atmospheric finger-picked acoustic guitar lead and Black's own harmonica fills add a rustic feel to the simple, sensible sentiments of "Something That We Do"; employing a more muscular, rock-inflected sonic palette dotted with fiddles, pedal steel, electric guitar, and cannon-shot drums, Black does his part on "That Something in My Life" with a forceful declaration of his heart's affection for a significant other. "When I Said I Do," the luscious, orchestrated, heart-tugging (and Grammy-nominated) duet with his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, sets the romantic tone for what's to come, while the closing number is an imaginative arrangement of Jim Croce's "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song," featuring winsome dobro punctuations and electric piano interjections. No stranger to honest, heartfelt music, Black has done himself and his fans proud with these fresh takes on that old feeling.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Despite its appearance, Clint Black's 2007 release The Love Songs isn't a compilation, it's a collection of new versions of Black's biggest and best romantic material -- supplemented by a cover of Jim Croce's "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" and a duet with his wife, Lisa Hartman-Black, on "When I Said I Do" -- all given a softer, slicker spin than their original incarnations. As should be expected with any album bearing cover art by pop art icon Peter Max, the arrangements on The Love Songs have the country elements sanded out -- the fiddles and steel guitars on "Our Kind of Love" are the exception that proves the rule ("That Something in My Life" has similar instrumentation but is too slow and lazy to sound country) -- leaving behind an album that sounds so pop that it could not only slip comfortably onto adult contemporary radio, it makes Carrie Underwood seem like hard country. For those still holding on to fond memories of the Clint Black of "Killin' Time," this is bound to be a disappointment, but on its own terms The Love Songs does its job well: it sustains a romantic atmosphere and it's delivered cleanly and professionally by Black, which may be enough for fans looking for mood music and nothing more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886971716429
  • Catalog Number: 717164
  • Sales rank: 4,035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When I Said I Do - Lisa Hartman-Black (4:33)
  2. 2 You Made Me Feel (4:33)
  3. 3 Something That We Do (4:38)
  4. 4 Our Kind of Love (4:06)
  5. 5 My Imagination (3:53)
  6. 6 Like the Rain (4:15)
  7. 7 You Know It All (4:24)
  8. 8 That Something in My Life (2:55)
  9. 9 One Emotion (2:51)
  10. 10 Half the Man (3:04)
  11. 11 Easy for Me to Say - Lisa Hartman-Black (5:33)
  12. 12 I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clint Black Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bass Harp
Steve Wariner Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano (Grand)
Bryan Austin Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Steve Dorff Conductor
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Dick Gay Drums
Carl Gorodetzky Concert Master
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass Guitar
The Nashville String Machine Performing Ensemble
Hayden Nicholas Electric Guitar
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Peterson Steel Guitar
Jake Willemain Bass Guitar
Martin Young Acoustic Guitar
Dane Bryant Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Lisa Hartman-Black Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Vocals
Dane Clifford Bryant Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Clint Black Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Skip Ewing Composer
Steve Wariner Composer
Jim Croce Composer
Matt Rollings Composer
Shake Russell Composer
Steve Dorff Orchestral Arrangements
Hayden Nicholas Composer
Ricky Cobble Engineer
Peter Max Cover Painting
Ray Rogers Engineering Support
Hank Williams Mastering
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