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The Bright Lights EP

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Weaned on John Lee Hooker, Curtis Mayfield, and Snoop Dogg, Clark fuses his deep rock, R&B and blues influences with a love of classic soul and contemporary hip-hop beats that has already put critics on notice. Rolling Stone s Best Of Rock issue pegged him as "Best Young Gun, " while The Wall Street Journal opined that Clark "may be the city s next big music star" thanks to "his blend of blues, soul and rock, mixing fluid, muscular guitar with a rootsy bark or a falsetto croon. " Clark was the only newcomer to be selected by Eric Clapton to perform at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival, where he performed with Doyle Bramhall II and Sheryl Crow.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B005DESVPO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Bright Lights EP is exceptional. The opening track alone is worth the price of the entire EP, with an old school blues mentality brought through a modern filter. It is unmistakably electric, and as low down and gritty as one can get. The second song, Don't Owe You A Thang, has a driving beat and hyper-distorted guitar. The song's production is gritty and sounds like a 1950s chess record, but with added clarity. The second half of the EP is "acoustic" (though it sounds like Gary is still playing an electric guitar), the first song sounding like 1990s soul tune, with a more introverted, jazzier sound. The second song features Gary Clark's remarkable guitar playing, as he takes a blues song into different directions, going from Zeppelin to Hendrix stylistically. Buy this EP right now, especially considering the price. This artist should not be slept on any longer.
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By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

The Crossroads Guitar Festival is the brainchild of Eric Clapton to showcase the talents of his peers. Rarely do up and coming artists get a spot on the roster, but E.C. made an exception in 2010 when he asked Gary Clark Jr. to play. That speaks volumes.
Gary has been compared to Hendrix and Stevie Ray and I'm comfortable with that. He grew up listening to a gumbo of John Lee Hooker, Curtis Mayfield and Snoop Dog. The results are electrifying blues, tinged with rock and wrapped in a soulful groove.
The 27-year-old native of Austin, Texas is the first prodigy I've heard worth mentioning since Kenny Wayne Sheperd.
Warner has thankfully released a four-song EP to give us a taste, with a full-CD expected in early 2012.
Gary plays the field, from the electric blues explosion of "Bright Lights" to an updated acoustic blues masterpiece "When My Train Pulls In" in the vein of classic Robert Johnson.
He's been playing guitar since age seven and was mentored by some world class players including Jimmie Vaughan. He has won the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist on three separate occasions.
This is the artist to watch for 2012.
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Oh boy, how I still love material music. I mean, it's just something else to hold a CD case (or even an LP) in your hand. Manuseate the case, sleeve, read the credits, etc. So much better than mp3s. With such great music as this, the pleasure is even bigger. Great music, real blues, with a contemporary touch. The two electric songs are rare examples of the evolution of the blues, maintaning it's roots. The two acoustic is just something you'd love to listen to at home, with friends or loved one, but also in a nice blues bar-jazz café.
The only downside to it (I'm being ironic in a way, I knew that, of course) is there are only 4 songs. Could listen to him playing and singing for an hour, no problem!
By the way, it is 20and so minutes long. Fair enough. Listened to it twice in a row as it arrived.
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You do not need to read words about Gary Clark, Jr.'s music. You need to hear it. This EP he released on his own is now available worldwide, and it's about time. For those who have been waiting for a young musician to take blues into the new world, creating their own style and feeling, this is the one. Do not wait. And get ready for a very long career to unfold before your very ears. Certified and guaranteed.
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All in all pretty disappointing. One really good song that we all heard and convinced us to buy this EP.
The other songs are examples of current popular trends (in song writing or recording techniques) and really have nothing much in common with the real music this artist can create.
His later album (The Life os Sonny Boy....) really showcases his playing, writing and singing much better.
Don't need to waste your time and money on this one.
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First of all, I love Gary Clark Jr. I think he's a tremendous talent, and has a very bright future in front of him. Unfortunately, "Bright Lights" contains no new material. These tracks and more have already been released as "Gary Clark Jr.". Buy that one instead. It's worth it for the extra tracks (a total of 8). These are all good songs, but there's only 4 of them, and they aren't new. The previous release has twice as much music on it. It seems like it's about time to release a full album's worth of new music from Gary.
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Maybe only four tracks, but the two live acoustic cuts of "Things Are Changin'" and "When My Train Pulls In" are well worth adding to your Gary Clark Jr. collection!! The man is a special talent that should be Xperienced and enjoyed by all!!

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Blues rock at its best. Gary Clark Jr. can play the guitar like a beast. He shines where some many other guitar players of our time fail. His hooks are memorable and poppy enough to get stuck in someone's head but he never forfeit's his talent while still being completely relevant. This EP has 4 great tunes! Its got versatility. This guy is getting it right where others are trying. I heard him on Palladia once and immediately fell in love with his sound. This was on sell on Amazon so I tried it out. Anyone that is missing the great sound of the past should check this out.
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