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Released: May 2, 1989

Rating: 4.584 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: country

Quotable: “Country music as country music is supposed to be done.” – Kathy Coleman,

Album Tracks:

  1. Straight from the Factory
  2. A Better Man
  3. Nobody’s Home
  4. Walkin’ Away
  5. You’re Gonna Leave Me Again
  6. I’ll Be Gone
  7. Nothing’s News
  8. Winding Down
  9. Killin’ Time
  10. Live and Learn


sales in U.S. only 3 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 31
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • A Better Man (2/18/89) #1 CW
  • Killin’ Time (7/15/89) #1 CW
  • Nobody’s Home (11/18/89) #1 CW
  • Walkin’ Away (3/10/90) #1 CW
  • Nothing’s News (7/7/90) #3 CW


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Killin’ Time
Clint Black
Clint Black’s debut, Killin’ Time, “is an absolutely marvelous album” KC that “thundered onto the country airwaves in 1989, perking up ears and turning heads wherever his finely-honed tenor was heard.” KC “It was country music as country music is supposed to be done, powerfully performed by a drop-dead handsome Texan, and people started to think differently about how ‘country music’ was supposed to look and sound.” KC

“It is stark in its purity, the melodies crisp, the lyrics sharp and clever, and it is heart-searing and uncompromisingly country in its emotional content and theme. Clint remembered the honky-tonker, the blue-collar worker, the lost love and the heartache of all that traditional country/western was and could be, Texas by way of Bakersfield with a hint of Nashville.” KC

Killin’ Time opens with a pure honky-tonkin’ Texas swing number, Straight from the FactoryKC and from then on, “track after track [is] as excellent as the one before it.” KC

Lead single, A Better Man “shows that everyone can rise from sorrow and come away with some good lessons learned.” KC That song and its three follow-ups, including “the brilliant title tuneKC and “the deeply plaintive Nobody’s Home,” KC all topped the country charts. By the time fifth single Nothing’s News, with “his gritty whine,” KC rolled around, “Clint was well on his way to superstardom.” KC

“Clint has had some great songs in his career, but this remains his best album.” KC

Review Source(s):

A Better Man

Killin’ Time

Walkin’ Away

Nothing’s News

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Last updated February 4, 2011.