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"Smoking, jumping big-band blues and gospel-rooted '60s soul honed to a razor sharp edge in the Texas juke joints. Jalapeno-hot!"
-- Los Angeles Times

"Breathtaking, hardcore roadhouse rhythm & blues."
--Rolling Stone

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00006FE1J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Texas roadhouse veteran Delbert McClinton hit upon his masterful mix of country, blues, and R&B stylings decades ago, but it took the Grammy-winning 2001 release, Nothing Personal, to fully showcase his talents. Room to Breathe, once again benefiting from a diverse selection of original McClinton songs, updates and embellishes the approach with most of the same participants present. McClinton uses his classic blue-eyed-soul voice with full authority and more than a little eclecticism, bouncing through "Blues About You, Baby" with an almost Jerry Lee Lewis boogie feel, while infusing the snaky "Jungle Room" with laid-back nightclub coolness. "Ain't Lost Nothin'," cowritten with producer Gary Nicholson and harp hero Kim Wilson, is the purest blues expression, although the piano-led ballad "Everything I Know About the Blues," a McClinton-Nicholson tune cowritten by Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, also works well. McClinton rocks through "Same Kind of Crazy," gets funky on "The Rub," and even conjures a distant Lynryd Skynyrd echo on the uptempo "Money Honey." Yet his biggest effort is saved for the star-studded sing-along "Lone Star Blues," a tribute to Texas complete with fiddle and pedal steel guitar and featuring an anthemic country chorus from a host of famous McClinton friends and fans. --Michael Point

Customer Reviews

Serious and funny lyrics.
K. P. Killen
The lyrics are astounding - and there is such a great assortment - I listen to this over and over - and I sing along with most of them - and I love it!
Andrew J. Givens
The other tracks including "Don't Want to Love You" are also great.
Lee Armstrong

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have to confess something. I made a mistake. Delbert's new CD was released in September. While I always get each of his releases, I put this one on hold because of a professional review, "...on Room to Breathe ... a sense of going through the paces permeates the project. Chord progressions are predictable...not much compositional substance is evident." This guy must be hearing a different CD than the one I get; I'm sorry I waited 5 months!
Delbert McClinton's "Room to Breathe" is an excellent accomplishment. Delbert went through a creative period where he turned out a lot of songs and was ready to head back to record within a year after "Nothing Personal." 4 tracks are instant classics. The opener "Same Kind of Crazy" bounces with a great punching rhythm section, "Ain't no doubt about it; she's the same kind of crazy as me." "Everything I Know About the Blues" (I learned from you) is a slow burn that has "standard" written all over it with Todd Sharp's bluesy piano and Kevin McKendree doing some very classy strings on this track. If Etta James doesn't record this, I'm gonna lose a BIG bet. "Blues About You" is a great boogie woogie, "The hardest thing honey 'bout having' the blues, like I'm walkin' the floor in a dead man's shoes." "Ain't Lost Nothin'" has that great Jimmy Reed kind of beat with Lynn Williams' drums propelling this burning rocking blues. The other tracks including "Don't Want to Love You" are also great. So my advice is to not try to compare this Delbert CD to his others because, quite frankly, he's consistently brilliant! So plunk down the spare change and get some room to breathe! Enjoy!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Beardo on November 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
After watching Delbert's career careen crazily through the decades since my first taste in the 70's, it is great to see him finally getting his due with his last Grammy winning CD, Nothing Personal, and his next Grammy winner (trust me), Room To Breathe.
Crossing musical borders, with the frequency of a tour of Europe on a 2-day passport, has been Delbert's trademark from the get go. It has been both his greatest talent and his biggest problem. Over the years a myriad of record company execs have tried to pigeon hole him, without a great deal of success. Is he Country or Blues? Is that Rockabilly or Bluegrass? I'm hearing Rock 'n' Roll here; I thought he was Texas Swing. The answer is "E," all of the above, plus. Blurring the edges has gotten Delbert where he is today, loved by everyone who has ever seen him perform live over a span of 40+ years. Just add up the new fans made at every show (a high percentage of females... something about his bedroom eyes, I was told by a good friend's wife) and it had to happen for him sometime. It was a war of attrition that somehow hasn't extracted the heavy physical toll that it does from most road warriors. Del just kept getting better and amassed more life experience material for his songs. His collaborations on this outing are helping to keep our boy forever young.
Take for instance the opening track, a roadhouse rocker that has cross over hit single written all over it, "Same Kind Of Crazy," co-authored with long time partner Gary Nicholson. About fifteen seconds in, you realize that he can still deliver the goods!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By holly moors on January 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Delbert McClinton has, to my knowledge, never mad a bad record. He even took up a few songs I thought nobody would dare touch, like PleasePleasePlease or Have a little faith in me, or Let the good times roll. Everyone thought the originals were impossible to beat, but he did it.
And this man gets better and better with age. It's unbelievable. This is his very best album yet.
His gritty, relaxed voice is doing great, the band plays with a nice rough edge, the songs are great and it's a fantastic album.
I've played it again and again in different ways, and it keeps getting better. For instance: I think Money Honey doesn't last long enough, it should keep on rolling for at least half an hour, so I put it on repeat. That's when you start to find the subtleties in this music, and you never get bored.
This man should be world famous.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Swell Gal Mary on September 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the kind of CD you want to listen to over and over and over again in case you missed something or maybe fill your bathtub with copies of the CD and roll around naked in them -- okay a bit over the top but it is that great. I am a big Mcclinton fan and wasn't disappointed by this CD. His voice is better than ever. You Ain't Lost Nothin' makes you tap your feet and laugh at the same time as you remember a certain ex-husband who ... okay, again a bit over the top. Keep it comin' Delbert.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By deepbluereview on October 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Room To Breathe" follows two really good releases, "One Of The Fortunate Few" and Grammy winner "Personal Best". In a way, it's unfortunate for Delbert that the prior two releases were so good as comparisons to those releases are now inevitable. Simply stated, "Room To Breathe" will not win any awards for best record of the year and does not rise to the level of excellence of the of the prior two discs. All that being said, the disc is not bad. Delbert opens with two upbeat country blues numbers that would have easily fit comfortably on either of the last two releases and then slips into a very interesting Tom Waits like number, "Jungle Room". "Everything I Know About The Blues" is a slow ballad, which seems to be a little out of step with the tempo of the rest of the disc. "Blues About You" is a Jerry Lee Lewis styled blues number. From there you get a good mix of regular McClinton fare until you hit the pitifully slow "Don't Want To Love You" which sounds as though it needs a couple of hounds howling in the background to complete the mood. Delbert turns it on again with "Ain't Lost Nothin'" and "Milk Honey" before ending things with the exceptional jazz flavored "New York City". Not enough oomph for 5 stars but a solid four stars nonetheless.
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