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Rarely does an artist explode onto the music scene with the force and impact of a comet. But when it does happen — as it did when 26-year-old singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. delivered an incendiary debut performance of his song “Bright Lights” at Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival last June — the result is magical. Funky, hip, and badass, Gary Clark Jr. ... Read more in Amazon's Gary Clark Jr. Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B0096PAA6E
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Blak and Blu is the long-awaited debut album from Texan-born guitarist and singer-songwriter Gary Clark Jr, who came to prominence in 2010 with his EP and track of the same name, "Bright Lights".

"May be the next Hendrix" - New York Times.

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The heart of Gary Clark, Jr. isn’t tough to find. At his core, the Texas-born guitarist continues the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Hazel: his piercing chords can tell a story without words on top of them.

Clearly, Clark appreciates the past, since much of Blak and Blu is rooted in some sort of musical yesteryear. Please Come Home, for instance, is a wistful melody evoking 1960s soul.

On Third Stone from the Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say, Clark modernises the Jimi and Albert Collins classics with clean percussion and faint record scratches. The result properly showcases Clark’s dexterity as a vocalist and instrumentalist.

His focus is tougher to grasp, though. While Blak and Blu is ambitious, it lacks a coherent theme. There’s nothing wrong with honouring influences, but his approach wanders a bit too much.

He exerts pysch-rock (Numb), nods to modern RnB (Things are Changin’), and concludes with distilled bayou blues (Next Door Neighbor Blues). Elsewhere, Clark tinkers with brassy arrangements on Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round and country on Travis County.

Overall, this feels more like a fragmented collection of songs than a calculated set. It’s easy to pick favourite tracks, and that’s a good thing. But the album as a whole isn’t so compelling. In Clark’s quest to capture multiple sounds, his direction is unclear.

That’s not to knock his artistry: Blak and Blu brightens dramatically when Clark shreds his guitar. On When My Train Pulls In, for instance, he sings despondently about finding new beginnings; and the song’s three-minute guitar solo accentuates the despair.

Numb is edgy throughout: atop methodical drums, Clark’s strums — grittier than usual — are distorted just enough to solidify a hazy feel. He resonates when the sounds are grungy; unfortunately though, those moments are too few.

What remains is an adequate compilation of nostalgic sounds, largely void of Clark’s unique voice. Greater consistency would have worked wonders.

--Marcus J. Moore

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hugo Melo on 5 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Gary Clark Jr due to very frequent, persistent but never tiring promoting of said artist by Epiphone. Clark uses Epiphone Archtop guitars and due to his sucess Epiphone has plastered him all over their newsletters. I am glad they did. I sampled his work by purchasing the Bright Lights E.P. and liked his sound quite alot. After that, I got my hands on the Gary Clark E.P., which featured some more great songs. Finally I got my hands on Blak And Blu and was very excited by my purchase. However, my initial reaction to the album was not very positive. There were alot of songs that were vastly inferior to what I had heard and expected of this musician. After repeated listenings I realized that there is some really great material recorded here, but that suprisingly are drowwned ou towards the end of the album, while some of the worst songs are placed in front and center. "Blak and Blu", "The Life" and "Travis County" - the worst songs of the album that merited at best to be featured as bonus tracks - are placed in the begginning of the album. So the tracklisting is the first issue I have with this album as it may deter people from buying it if they stick to listening to the first 6 tracks.
My other problem were that the recorded version of the songs "Please Come Home" and "Things Are Changin" on this album are vastly inferior to the ones available on Clark's previous E.P's due to overproduction. Their live and underproduced previously recorded versions are alot better. That's my second issue with this album.
And in comes my third issue. I have bought the deluxe version with two added bonus tracks which are really good songs that merited to be included on the main album and should have replaced "Blak and Blu", "The Life" and "Travis County" which are far inferior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nellster on 17 Aug. 2013
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I'm not great at writing reviews on music - so even though I buy lots of cds I rarely review them. I was really impressed with Gary Clark - he plays in a variety of styles from soul, jazz-funk through to some country type stuff. I'm not too keen on country but every track is slick, well produced and played and one feels that the music means something to him. I am in my 50s and a product of the prog and symphonic rock of the early 70's and soul from the same period so what really works for me is music that the writers/performers care about, that it means something to them, that it has soul (even if it is prog-rock) and Gary Clarke's music has soul.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Longfield on 13 April 2013
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Having seen GCJ live in summer 2012 i couldn't wait for this album to be released. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to what I saw and felt that night I saw his live set. I found the album disjointed and feel he's trying to be too many things to too many people. There's far too many genres crammed into it and in my opinion he needs to stick to what he's amazing at...blues rock. Great live artist but I know he can do better than this! Come on Gary give us what so many of us adore you for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Mole from the Ministry on 14 April 2013
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I would agree with other comments made about the stylistic variety of this debut being perhaps a little too dispersed, but, overall, I have enjoyed the music on this collection. The stand-out tracks are those in a more stretched-out blues-rock style, on which he builds the intensity of his guitar gradually and insistently, notably "When my Train Pulls in", "Bright Lights", and "Numb". Conversely, there are several tracks which pass you by without a great deal of impact. His influences are clearly very wide, including Hendrix with part of "Third Stone from the Sun", but elsewhere you have Stevie Ray-Vaughan influence in "Travis County", and "Please Come Home" seems a passable imitation of the Chi-Lites (though with some fantastic guitar playing added). There are other tracks in which elements of rap or (modern style) "R & B" come through.

I look forward to his second album, but would hope that he refines his focus as to the direction he wishes to go in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Raven on 7 July 2013
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Having read some of the reviews in the media prior to buying I was pleasantly surprised.
I have been a lifelong Jimi Hendrix fan (since 1967) as well as many other Blues and Rock artists over the years.

My favourite Tracks so far are "Next door neighbor Blues" and "Third stone from the sun" The Guitar work is excellent appealing to my love of the more traditional blues styles. I think Gary's rendition of Third stone has given it an up to date feel which may appeal to a much younger audience than myself. As have one or two of the other tracks.

I was so impressed I have also bought the limited edition versions too.

For a debut album it is pretty impressive with varied appeal for many age groups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rk on 19 April 2013
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Reminiscent of early Robert Cray & George Benson, this is an instant winner. Good tunes, great riffs and interesting complexities. I think we'll be hearing a lot from Gary Clark jnr.
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From time to time a fresh breeze makes its announcement within the bluesrock community. Gary Clark jr. is an example.

The record contains a good mix of traditional style blues(rock) music upgraded to the second decade of the 21st Century. The record contains a lot: Catchy classical guitarrifs in albume opener 'Ain't Messin 'Round' keeps Peter Green's "Stop Messing Around' alive but withouth the horns. It's a catchy up-tempo tune. Some traditional rolling-like-a-slow-train guitarrifs in the strong 'When my Train pulls in' and in the faster bluescountryrocker 'Travis county'. But you will also hear some heavy guitarlines in Hendrix-style 'Numb'. The sweet bluessoul songs 'Please come home' and 'Things are a changing' contain soulguitar with for the first one slightly, very nice falsetto-voice. Finally modern bassrhtyhms in the excellent modernblues and personal favorite 'The life'.

Gary Clark jr. shows within one record he's capable playing different styles. For some who prefer a artist to play only one or two styles the record will be a little bit to much differences. For me, it works very well. Having plays the record several times, it still sounds fresh.
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