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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.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2015 1:35:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2015 1:40:07 AM PDT
I appreciate what you both say here Jason and K.L. but I like to take it directly to the source or root point. IMO here it is...I have a theory about Black musicians playing rock based on 40+ years of buying records and being a music fanatic and it goes like this....a certain segment of the American public doesn't believe "they" should support a Black person who plays rock because "they" feel its either inauthentic or a challenge to their concept of musical supremacy. Silly for sure since Black people are at least 66% responsible for the form....but it is what it is.

"They" is the record buying public, music promoters, and recording company executives....even Black ones. R&B, soul, hip-hop, maybe even some blues or gospel....these are ok....but once a Black musician gets outside of their lane "watch out!" As a result you get milk-toasty hypercritical and nonsensical reviews, very little media exposure...and if any wildly inconsistent, and a general sense that this isn't "real rock" music. Or the counter to that the oft used statement that "[insert name of "legitimate" rocker] could play the pants off of [insert Black artist playing rock] without any substantiation beyond their conjecture.

Only Jimi for some bizarre reason beyond my understanding has been anointed as a legitimate rocker and holds that post alone with the exception of temporary adulation of Prince (1980-1987) or Lenny Kravitz (1991-1998) and maybe today TVOTR or the Death Grips (Black lead vocalist/rapper) for the "indie" rock crowd. Just compare reviews on Amazon for people like Lenny Kravitz or Robert Randolph and even Prince and 3rdeyegirl with the nearly perfect scores for The Black Keys (who are just Black rock ripoffs to me) My Morning Jacket or even a kitchy band like the Hives or a band "they" tend to idolize Chicago's Wilco.

Fact of life I guess...I'm African American, I love rock and especially love to see Black folks playing it but I get peeved when people dance around their lack of comfort with the band based on who they are by instead offering psuedo-intellectual "sounding" critiques to mask the reality that they just don't like Black rock performers or Black performers playing rock whoever they may be. I'd almost rather have the racist diatribes you find on YouTube because at least its honest and you can see the stupidity for what it is. Oh well I like you love this Gary Clark record and hope to see him live someday.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2016 7:53:54 PM PST
ANGRY says:
Truer words have never been spoken

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2016 11:44:10 AM PDT
racism being stupid is a matter of your own opinion, which in and of itself seems rather stupid.....i have listened to the entire record, without any racial undertones, and found it average at best. average. mr. clark is certainly no slash. nor is he a michael jackson, or for that matter , is he james brown. i believe your racial drivel is uncalled for and has no place on a product review. however, since you opened the door......maybe, just maybe, people find this album as mundane as i did? or, as a black artist, we should all just magically fall in love with his music and propel him into the pantheon of rock artists? get real, dude.
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