CD review: Blak and Blu - Gary Clarke Jr

Last updated 05:00 25/11/2012
Blak and Blu - Gary Clarke Jr
Blak and Blu - Gary Clarke Jr

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Gary Clarke Jr

As one of the oldest forms of what has become known as popular music, the blues has been so well traversed that it takes something special to stir things up again.

Gary Clark certainly shakes the roots of the tree on the seven minutes plus opus When My Trian Pulls In. 

It's a slow crawler with a taut and fuzzy guitar solo that recalls the British blues stylings of The Yardbirds, Cream and John Mayall. 

Likewise Bright Lights, which has gained traction on the video game Max Payne 3, is as fuzzy as three day old stubble. 

Clarke, who has recorded with Alicia Keys and shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Dave Matthews and John Mayer varies his stylings and tempos on tracks such as the falsetto pleaser Please Come Home but the dirt on his fingernails is all muddy blues.

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