Album Review: Clint Black - When I Said I Do

With When I Said I Do, Cling Black returns with a newly-recorded colleciton of some of his biggest hits. Take a look here to see what we think of the new collection recorded exclusively for Cracker Barrel.

Whether you find yourself enjoying Clint Black's When I Said I Do depends wholly on whether you're a fan of his vast collection of hits. Released exclusively to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and iTunes, When I Said I Do is a collection of re-recorded versions of love songs which hold a special meaning to Clint. While most of these songs were hits, some of them were once 'just' album cuts.

Power ballad "When I Said I Do" features Clint's wife Lisa Hartman Black and as one of his biggest hits of the latter stages of his career (Originally from 1999's D'Lectrified), the song was the last single of his to top the charts (one of 19 songs to do so). On this album, Clint turns "Our Kind Of Love" into a duet with Carolyn Dawn Johnson, a version which originally was on 1997's Nothin' But The Taillights and featured Alison Krauss & Union Station.  Clint and Carolyn Dawn's voices blend well on this album while the other duet on the record is "Easy For Me To Say," a track originally from Greatest Hits II.It's the second of his duets with wife Lisa Hartman Black. 

Some of my personal favorite Clint Black songs are on this record, including "You Made Me Feel," "One Emotion" and "Like The Rain." The title track "Something That We Do" is given a slightly more acoustic reading here and it's one of the songs where I can notices Clint's voice being slightly different than when he recorded the song originally in on Nothin' But The Taillights. 

There are three new tracks on this album, the first of which, "Samantha," is a song from an upcoming equestrian show "Aussie Adventures". The lyrics are strong and the song retains a Traditionalist-leaning melody and performance from Black. "Only A Woman" is a sweet love song while "She Won't Let Go" is a song about a Staff Sgt. and the love his daughter has for him. It was based on a photo of Staff Sgt. Bennethum that was taken by his wife. It's as equally sweet as "Only A Woman" and has a jovial melody as well. 

As stated in the intro to this review, whether you enjoy this album will clearly hinge on your opinions on love songs, albums chock full of love songs, re-recordings and of course Clint Black and his songwriting. As a package, it's well-produced, the re-recordings are mostly the same as when he recorded them (though there are times when Black purposely changes things up) and that -- for me -- makes it a winning compilation of some of Clint Black's biggest and best hits.