Gary Clark Jr.: Blak and Blu Review

Blak and Blu is the much anticipated debut full-length album from Gary Clark Jr. Expectations for Blak and Blu couldn’t be any higher as it follows the hugely successful EP, The Bright Lights.

The album opens with the single, “Ain’t Messin’ Round,” a slickly produced and energetic tune featuring attention grabbing horns. “When My Train Pulls In” follows and is a good representation of how the song is performed live receiving the full band treatment after appearing on The Bright Lights EP as a solo acoustic piece. “Things Are Changin'” also receives a full arrangement.

One thing that stands out on Blak and Blu is Clark’s versatility. He truly is a one of kind artist in that respect. Tracks like “Blak and Blu,” “The Life,” and “Please Come Home” show Gary’s soulful side. “The Life” is a track many of today’s younger generation will relate to and should receive ample airplay. “Numb” features a guitiar riff reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, and Clark also covers “Third Stone From The Sun,” in a near 10 minute jam, which has been a part of his set list on tour.  “You Saved Me” is an album highlight featuring fuzzy guitar and a relaxed vibe, perfect for a late night drive. Blak and Blu closes with Clark returning to the blues on “Next Door Neighbor Blues,” an old fashioned foot-stomper.

Blak and Blu continues to build on the strong momentum generated by The Bright Lights EP. Clark has been billed as “the savior of the blues,” but he is so much more than that with the way he seamlessly transitions from genre to genre. Gary Clark Jr. is one of the world’s most versatile musicians. There are very few artists who can bridge the generational gap like Gary Clark Jr., and Blak and Blu is an album that can be enjoyed by anyone.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– When My Train Pulls In
– Blak and Blu
– Bright Lights
– The Life
– You Saved Me

The Big Hit

– Bright Lights

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: Amazon | iTunes

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