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Verified Purchase. When I initially started listening to Gary Clark Jr. I fell in love with his thunderous Jimmy Hendrix esque riffs and his smooth soulful Black Keys esque voice.
This album at least on initial listen is not at all a cohesive. It seems manic and all over the place. There are some good tracks here, but also a lot of filler.
Disclaimer: Wrote this the morning it came out, waiting for my hard copy from Amazon LoL. The mix of rock, rap, and the blues. The message speaks for itself. Love the vibe in this song. Such an amazing groove in this song. Excellent outro 9 out of 10 4 I Walk Alone - The second single with a mix of rock and blues with Prince inspired vocals. Not my favorite. More filler than killer. Swap out for one of the bonus tracks. Really diggin it, especially when the guitars kick in. Great fusion.
Mixed: 1 out of Negative: 0 out of The New York Times. On This Land, his third major-label studio album, his songwriting has caught up with his playing. And it has a lot to do with America in , where division, frustration and seething anger can use an outlet with the historical resonance and emotional depth of the blues.
All this publication's reviews Read full review. This Land is a triumph for Clark and a quantum leap forward for the blues. A good amount of the record adds up to a concept album about a successful musician trying to balance the demands and rewards of the road with home and family life. Classic Rock Magazine. As Clark wraps up with the formulaic bar of Dirty Dishes Blues, you realise how much the rest of the album pushes the envelope and applaud him for it.
All this publication's reviews. This Land is the first place where Gary Clark Jr. Austin Chronicle. The singer and guitar prodigy grew up in a place he describes as "right in the middle of Trump country," in Austin, Texas, where he experienced regular instances of racism. In an interview with Rolling Stone , Clark talks about instances of people writing the n-word on the fence outside his house, shoving dog feces in his mailbox, or putting the Confederate flag over his fence.
In an interview on All Things Considered , Clark told NPR's Michel Martin that a neighbor came up to him last year and asked who lived on the acre property that Clark had bought in Austin with his wife Nicole Trunfio to raise their two children.
His neighbor didn't believe him, he said, and insisted on speaking with "the homeowner," despite Clark repeatedly insisting, "This is my house. Clark said he usually keeps his mouth shut in these types of situations, but his anger continued to bubble up, until it finally overflowed in the studio. I just kind of freestyled and let this thing go," he said.
The first reaction came from Jacob Sciba, Clark's engineer turned co-producer, who said, "It's angry, I don't like hearing you angry. Racially charged headlines starting from the presidential election onward — such as Charlottesville, Colin Kaepernick, or police brutality — all festered in Clark's mind, he said, so the incident with his neighbor opened the floodgates to think about racism in America.
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