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Gary Jr. Clark - Blak and Blu

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Item #: 14762977
    Recording information: Can Am Studios, Tarzana, CA; Lightning Sound Studios, Hidden Hills, CA. Photographer: Frank Maddocks. Gary Clark, Jr. has been hailed by a number of critics as "the New Hendrix," which seems to be the fate of any guitarist who co......more

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Artist: Clark, Gary Jr.
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Recording information: Can Am Studios, Tarzana, CA; Lightning Sound Studios, Hidden Hills, CA. Photographer: Frank Maddocks. Gary Clark, Jr. has been hailed by a number of critics as "the New Hendrix," which seems to be the fate of any guitarist who combines blues and rock styles at a considerable volume (particularly if they cover "Third Stone from the Sun"). While that's a blurb that may look good in Clark's press kit, it rather misses the point; Clark isn't a visionary, game-changing artist like Hendrix, but instead he's a canny singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who has learned from the past and present, fusing them into a style that's distinctive and exciting if not necessarily revolutionary. Warner Bros. is also pitching Blak and Blu as Clark's "groundbreaking debut album," when in fact it's just his major-label debut, with four indie releases preceding it, making the confidence and ambition of this set a bit less remarkable. But if Gary Clark, Jr. isn't likely to change the way we look at rock & roll or rewrite the aesthetic of the electric guitar, he is one of the most interesting talents to come out of the contemporary blues scene in quite some time. On Blak and Blu, most of Clark's tunes are solidly rooted in the blues, but he's also folded in hearty servings of hard rock, funk, retro-soul, and even a dash of hip-hop, and the way he lets the flavors mix is a big part of what makes this album work so well. There's an undertow of Northern Soul on the dance-friendly opener "Ain't Messin' Round," "Travis County" is a no-frills rocker that recalls the Stones in fifth gear, "The Life" finds Clark moving back and forth between singing and rapping in a streetwise tale of drug addiction, "Numb" recalls the punk blues attack of the Black Keys and the White Stripes in its fuzzed-out blast, and the title cut samples both Gil Scott-Heron and Albert King as Clark melds conscious themes with blues backdrops. While the typical modern-day guitar hero goes out of hi...
See Also:
Blak and Blu
See Influences:
Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Stevie Ray Vaughan
See Contemporaries:
Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Patrick Sweany, Jonny Lang, Dan Auerbach, JJ Grey & Mofro, John Lee Hooker, Jr., The Derek Trucks Band, Ernest Saint Laurent, Susan Tedeschi, Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, Greg Spero, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, The Black Keys, Tab Benoit, Duwayne Burnside, The Soul of John Black, Alabama Shakes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gov't Mule, Marc Broussard, Damon Fowler, Warren Haynes
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Ain't Messin 'Round
  2. 2 When My Train Pulls In
  3. 3 Blak and Blu
  4. 4 Bright Lights
  5. 5 Travis County
  6. 6 Life, The
  7. 7 Glitter Ain't Gold (Jumpin' for Nothin')
  8. 8 Numb
  9. 9 Please Come Home
  10. 10 Things Are Changin'
  11. 11 Third Stone from the Sun/If You Love Me like You Say
  12. 12 You Saved Me
  13. 13 Next Door Neighbor Blues
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Blues
Subgenre:
Regional Collections
Label:
Warner Bros. Records
Producer:
Gary Clark, Jr.; Mike Elizondo
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
66 : 55
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'Ain't Messin' 'Round' is pushy, updated Stax-Volt soul with Clark's fuzztone leading the charge of a horn section." Billboard (p.36) - "Beyond the blues, BLAK AND BLU positions Clark as a jack of all trades, capable of modernizing Chuck Berry, rapping over neo-soul and reaching back to '50s doo-wop..." Q (Magazine) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Texan Gary Clark, Jr. merges smooth vocals with economical guitar wizardry..."
UPC:
093624948575
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