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Acquired Taste is the thirteenth studio album in the career of Texas roots music legend and Grammy® winning artist Delbert McClinton. The album is produced by Grammy® winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt). It is the first new studio recording by McClinton in over four years.
McClinton doesn t change the musical formula on Acquired Taste, (a juke joint blend of country, blues, soul and rock n roll). This time, the subtle change from his last album, 2005 s Cost Of Living, are the reflective lyrics providing one of the wisest and most introspective albums of his 50+ year musical career.
The limited edition bonus DVD features 6 unreleased performances from Delbert McClinton performing on the legendary PBS-TV show Austin City Limits in 1992.
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Delbert slides as easily into country, blues, jazz, gospel, and folk styles as anyone I've ever heard. He does this so naturally, that you could easily miss it if you weren't paying attention. This record rewards close listening, but can also be enjoyed at a party. It will get the attention of anyone with a taste for any of the above mentioned styles, but has an appeal far beyond the average purist. Each song has its own identity, but not so much that you find yourself saying "Oh, here's the country tune." The stew has such a fine mix of ingredients that you're apt to hear a blues vocal turn within the context of a country tune or jazz piano on a blues tune. Or a little bit of all of the above. This is done rather seamlessly; it is never distracting or jarring for the listener. All is in service to the song, and his remarkable voice, which other reviewers here have described perfectly as weathered. I liken it to a perfect cup of coffee - bold and smooth, with a bit of a kick. You won't have any problem hearing or understanding the words, that's for sure.
Try it. My bet is that you'll take to it like your favorite shirt or pair of shoes.