The Upshot: Uneven album for diehard fans only.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Delbert McClinton’s been doing this for about 45 years now, so you can’t blame the guy for wanting to slow things down a bit. That’s not to say McClinton has syphoned all the piss and vinegar out of his music, but on his latest, Prick of the Litter, he’s definitely showing a softer side.
He still mixes plenty of blues, country and a little funk into his gumbo, it’s just not as spicy as some of his earlier servings. Prick of the Litter finds the Texan showing off a lot more of his jazzier influences, especially on a song like “San Miguel,” his answer to Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in san Francisco.” Despite the softer side, thankfully his knack for sharp wit is still here, but overall the album is a bit uneven. The songs vacillate between solid, classic McClinton and ho-hum and you can’t help but miss the more raucous, wilder Delbert. Definitely worth checking out for diehard fans, but everyone else can feel free to sit this one out.
DOWNLOAD: “San Miguel” and “Jones For You”