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Blak and Blu (Deluxe Version)

Gary Clark Jr.

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iTunes Editors' Notes

Austin's Gary Clark Jr. grew up in one of the nation's most musical cities so it's no surprise just how diverse his influences are. He's drawing from a world between '60s psychedelia and hip-hop song structure. Stylistically, his major label debut offers some fuzztone-drenched blues riffs wrapped around bits of classic rock and R&B. With songs like "Numb" and "Ain't Messin 'Round", he fits more in with the blues crowd that identifies with The Black Keys than any of your Hall of Fame axe-wielders. It's precisely this element–invoking passion and stripped-down power over licks–that makes Gary Clark Jr. such a fascinating figure.

Customer Reviews

Amazing album!

Why are people disappointed because this album isn’t the same as his last? There’s so much more here. The sheer variety of musical styles is astounding: classic blues, soul, hip-hop and heavy rock. I had no idea Gary Clark Jr. had such range.

“When My Train Pulls In” will satisfy fans who want more of what they’re used to hearing, while the very first song, “Ain’t Messin ‘Round,” goes in a completely different direction with its big horn section.

“Travis County” would make Chuck Berry proud while “Please Come Home” is pure Sam Cooke crooning.

“Glitter ain’t Gold”, “Things are Changin”, “You Saved me” and “Soul” are powerful soul groove tracks.

“Numb” and “Third Stone From the Sun” are heavy while “Next Door Neighbour Blues” provides a blast of classic Delta blues.

Then there’s “The Life”, the hands-down single from this album. I just can’t get past it. Whenever it comes on, I put it on repeat for an hour or so. It’s a beautiful, heartfelt hip-hop track that's way too hard to turn off.

There are 15 songs here, a huge album, offering something for every mood worth experiencing. Look out, Lenny!

Decent, but could have been better

I love Gary Clark Jr, but Im a litte disappointed he decided to add some R&B and rap elements to his music. Not that there's anything wrong with rap or R&B, but Gary is such an amazing guitarist, and plays rock and blues so well, that he should have stuck at what he is so amazing at. I feel he had a real opportunity to take the rock and blues world by storm with this album, but decided to differentiate himself, and unfortunately- in my opinion- went the wrong direction.

This is Great

Sounds like the black keys with more rockstar-ish guitar riffs. I love this guy, One of the new artists i've liked this much lately, original and new

Biography

Born: February 15, 1984 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Texas guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. has been compared to guitar icons like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his playing is a powerful and inspired mix of blues roots with contemporary soul and hip-hop, and when he's rolling at his best, he sounds like nothing so much as a natural hybrid of both the past and the future of the blues. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Clark first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and spent his teens playing whatever gig he could get in the Austin area, eventually...
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