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5.0 out of 5 stars This Album is the Truth, October 25, 2012
This review is from: Blak and Blu (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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Initial post: Jul 25, 2014 8:48:03 PM PDT
A lot of listeners have false expectations of the record. "Blak and Blu" is considered a "Mixtape" (meaning many musical genres), rather than a pure "blues" or "blues rock" album. In fact, the officlal/original name for the record is "Black and Blu The Mixtape". A 'mixtape" usually reflects 'the musical tastes of its compiler or composer'. Gary Clarke Jr is far from a "one trick pony" and this record shows it. While I thoroughly enjoy hearing Mr. Clarke's musical preferences, I understand why others may not.

Perhaps, GCJ's debut record would be better accepted if he recorded what blues/blues rock fans want to hear. Personally, I like that he took a risk with this record by showing his personal preferences and influences.
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