4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great album with a poorly constructed tracklist.,
This review is from: Blak And Blu (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. I also do not understand as to why they did not include "I Don't Owe You A Thang". The album has plentuy of recycled tracks from previous releases, what harm could there be in adding another? I can only suppose it aims to pushthe consummer into purchasing the "Bright Lights E.P.".
So essentially it's a very good album, with excellent songs that grow even more on you as you listen to them, but the album is severly marred by it's somewhat inept and detracting tracklisting. Be prepared to hit the skip button on ocasion but even if you don't buy the bonus tracks version (which I would if I were you as it's two bonus tracks are well worth the few extra bucks) there will still be alot of great songs to go through even after skipping a few of them.