Blak And Blu (Deluxe Version)

October 22, 2012 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2012 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:17:22
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  • ASIN: B009PU2KIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Gary Clark Jr. is amazing!!
K.A.
Shortly after Gary Clark Jr started playing that day I knew that I would be buying any album he released on day one.
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I am very impressed with his style of music.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jason S. Stokar on October 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am a bit surprised by all of the ambivalent reviewers on Amazon. This album is remarkable from start to finish and I'm not finding any dull tracks whatsoever.

First, let's get something clear. Gary Clark Jr. is not a newcomer as some people are suggesting. He has several self-released albums which for some reason are not available on Amazon but I have in my iTunes library: Worry No More, 110, Gary Clark Jr. and the commercially released Bright Lights EP. Those releases sound like demos compared to 'Blak and Blu' - which offers rich instrumental arrangements and seamlessly unites the classic with the modern.

The production is diverse and provides a fusion of so many different influences and genres: a creature that's part Jimi Hendrix, part Gov't Mule, part Amorica/Three Snakes-era Black Crowes, and a tablespoon of Ben Harper, while interstitially placing songs resonating classic Muddy Waters and even Marvin Gaye ("Please Come Home" is the modern-day "Distant Lover"). And his guitar solos? Please. He hits each one with such conviction and emotion that you can't but shake your head in amazement.

This album is The Truth. Clark hasn't gone 'commercial'-- for crying out loud several of the tracks are over seven-and-a-half minutes long. This is an expression of a true Bluesman, and I believe this is a work that will be influential to a new generation of rock musicians.

Please, pick up this record and listen through it, and I assure you that you'll be pleased.
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164 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Teased for so long, Gary Clark Jr., thank you for finally issuing this album. I have played the Bright Lights CD over so many times, waiting for this album to be released. And then it arrives and oh darn it; this is a mangled mess of an album. There are songs on here that make me want to tear my ears out and never listen to music again, and then there are masterpieces that I can listen to a million times. To me, this should have been two albums - a beautiful hard-core rock / blues album that drives hard, and an over produced pop album (and throw in maybe a little nod to the 50's Rock Around The Clock crowd).

This album is a download, not buy. If your tastes run the same direction as his Bright Lights EP, the preview clips do an excellent job showing which tracks are in that same direction and which are the pop tracks to avoid. On the other hand, if pop music is something you love, well avoid those harder tracks and enjoy funk, rock, and 50's music.

The album is a mystery of contrasts and not necessarily put together to listen from track one to thirteen. Yes, 80's funk and urban music has their roots in the blues. But putting John Legend style smooth next to the hard-edged blues song Bright Lights just makes no sense at all. And I will forever scratch my head over how somebody could put a hard-core Delta Blues song on this album. Maybe it will introduce this blues style to new fans.

Ain't Messin Around will probably get radio play. What I've loved about the original EP and Gary's live performances are his amazing guitar playing and clean mixes. Ain't Messin Around is heavily produced with many backing tracks and just too much of everything compared to his other songs. This is just one of those almost pop songs that I hope he makes a pile of money with.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Eric on October 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I saw Gary Clark Jr perform on the first day of Chicago leg of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan last summer (July 8, 2011), and I have been waiting for him to release a full album ever since that day. Shortly after Gary Clark Jr started playing that day I knew that I would be buying any album he released on day one. Until today, I had been living off a fan's audience recording of Clark Jr's performance at the Caravan, but now I have an entire album and a wider variety of music to experience.

But enough about me. Here is my take on the album:

The tracks range from up tempo (Ain't Messin' 'Round; Travis County) to a bit of hip hop (Blak and Blu, The Life) to blues (Bright Lights) to a "crunchy" cover of 'Third Stone from the Sun.' I love the throw back to the Chuck Berry style guitar in 'Travis County,' and even though it is the second shortest song on the album it is one of my favorites already. 'Bright Lights' is one of the biggest highlights from the first time I heard Gary Clark Jr, so I was excited to see it included on this album and it does not disappoint. Finally, I want to comment on 'Next Door Neighbor Blues.' As soon as that track started playing I immediately thought of Robert Johnson and other early blues artists. It sounds like it was recorded in the studio next to Johnson back in the '30s, and I mean that in the best way possible. You can really hear the influence that old-time blues has had on Clark Jr not only in the recording style of this song, but also in story in the lyrics and the way he plays his acoustic guitar. It is truly one of the gems of the album.

I have been through the album twice, and it will be playing on a loop in my car and on my iPod for the next day or so before settling into my regular rotation.

Overall, if you're a fan of excellent guitar work with a heavy blues influence, you should pick up a copy of 'Blak and Blu.'
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