Picks and Pans Review: I'm with You

updated 04/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Delbert McClinton

Del's scorching live release last year sparked appetites for another helping of the Texan's brand of madhouse R&B. His first studio effort in eight years isn't as filling, but McClinton tries to re-create the same spontaneity here with effective results. He works in some nice variations to his standard barroom blues-rock approach with the low-slung funk of "My Baby's Lovin' " and a Cajun shuffle on "Crazy About You." For novelty's sake, fellow blues singer Jimmy Hall hooks up with McClinton on a cover of "Got You on My Mind," a minor hit for Cookie and the Cupcakes in 1958.

Some pop inflections crop up, which make things sound slicker, particularly on the title track, though it seems drained of McClinton's usual emotion. But rarely can he be accused of not giving it his all after more than 30 years of performing.

When longtime blues maven Bonnie Raitt walked off with one of her four Grammys last month, she said winning the awards meant that "those of us who love R&B are gonna get a chance again." She may not have been thinking specifically of Del, but if he can avoid being led astray, McClinton might just prove Bonnie right. (Curb)

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