Say Somethin’

David Clayton-Thomas

Linus Entertainment, 2020

http://www.davidclaytonthomas.com

REVIEW BY: David Bowling

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 05/06/2020

David Clayton-Thomas rose to prominence during the late 1960s for his tenue as the lead singer with Blood, Sweat, & Tears, beginning with their second album. That album, with hit singles such as “You Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die,” and “Spinning Wheel” sold in excess of ten-million copies and became one of the most successful commercial albums of the era.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Since leaving Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Clayton-Thomas has issued over a dozen well-received pop/rock albums. His latest release is Say Somethin’ and his lyrics have a lot to say.

His music continues to be catchy and melodic and remains rooted in pop and rock. It does not have the brassy energy of Blood, Sweat & Tears; rather, it is a lot smoother and keeps the focus on his voice, which has aged well.

The new ingredient is some of the lyrics. Thomas wrote the words to the ten songs, while keyboardist Lou Pomanti and guitarist Eric St. Laurent provide the music. In many places, Thomas’ lyrics are more socially active or philosophical than in the past. They add a little more bite to the album than previous releases and give meaning to the album’s title.

Issues that are scrutinized in his songs are the current justice system, climate problems, justice, and the proliferation of gun violence. The current resident of the oval office is also taken to task. He travels in a difference direction with a nostalgic and gospel-oriented “Dear Mr. Obama.”

Sayin’ Something is Clayton-Thomas’ grand political statement and depending on whether you agree with his musings will determine your approach to and appreciation of the music. It is an album that will either inspire or anger, which may have been his intent.

Rating: B

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