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Say No More by Clay Walker

Seven must be Clay Walker's lucky number - his seventh album, Say No More, is an eclectic offering that hits the emotional jackpot.

Then again, maybe luck has nothing to do with it. After all, this is a solid bunch of songs, performed by a guy who knows how to wring every ounce of honest emotion out of a country melody. Clay has always performed honest songs about life's real issues—and scored six No. 1 hits in eight years doing it. But Say No More is a step up to an even richer musical plateau.

The opening title track of this 11-song collection sets the tone for a journey through timeless truths about life and love. It's a tipoff that the other songs we'll hear - mostly about falling out of love - will mirror feelings and passions with which we all are familiar. In the same endearing, Texas-bred style his fans have grown to love, Say No More delivers an engaging mix of sophisticated honky-tonk, contemporary ballads and gentle country rockers.

Clay celebrates a love once only dreamed of in "Real," using all the raw emotion in his strong tenor voice. In "Could I Ask You Not To Dance," his mournful regret is palpable. Clay sings the praises of a bond that helps him through the tough times in "You Deliver Me," and one simply too deep for words in "So Much More."

He throws in two more playfully minded songs for good measure: the Bob Wills-inspired “Texas Swing,” and a fiesta-style remake of Ritchie Valens' timeless 1959 hit "La Bamba."

Lighthearted departures aside, it's the tenderness on this album that may just compel you to hug the one you love—or make you wish you had someone to hug. Say No More provides 11 first-rate reasons why Clay Walker's got verifiable staying power.

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