A Bluer Shade Of Black

PERFORMER: CLINT BLACK

ALBUM: NO TIME TO KILL

LABEL: RCA

THE BOTTOM LINE: Clint Black raises his radio-ready country pop to a higher level by adding a sobering dose of introspection.

Coroners, clowns and country singers should never be too happy; there's just something about their work that makes a crying-on-the-inside quality appropriate. Luckily for fans of country singer Clint Black -- and unfortunately, perhaps, for the man himself -- he is one of those people whose disquiet, in his lyrics at least, has increased as a function of his rising success. The reasoning of such people tends to be variants...

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