Black Music Matters Festival

Clint Black

The Long Cool EP – 2008 (Equity)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

CDs by Clint Black

This is a four-song teaser from Clint Black, including a few covers of chestnuts. He countrifies The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman" and maintains a bouncy feel with the vocal chops to pull the classic off. He rocks a bit with a steady drum beat, but with sturdy fiddle playing, the country vibe is apparent. "You Still Get To Me" is another well sung Black duet with wife Lisa Hartman Black. Written by Black with Victoria Shaw, the soulful-oriented song is catchy, but too glossy sounding. Black doesn't get overly country on Nillsson's "Everybody's Talkin'" and its overly strong drum beat. He certainly has a full, strong voice, which goes along way, but this type of song may be better left to a concert cover song. He closes with the mid-tempo "Tell Me Who the Strong One Is," which heads back towards country, although once again there's too much sheen. Black turns in good readings on all four songs, but he would be better served by adhering more to his country roots.