While it would be easy to say that this Austin artist is simply picking up where electric blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan left off, even a brief listen to Blak and Blu sheds light on the richness and variety embodied by Gary Clark Jr.’s music.
Kicking off with the upbeat and horn-rich “Ain’t Messin ‘Round,” Blak and Blu explores elements of soul, rock, and hip-hop while still boasting a powerful amount of blues credibility.
Blak and Blu flows more smoothly than just about any post-2010 record I can name. Careful thought was obviously put into the exact order of the tracks, creating a natural concert-like feel. In an age of singles, Gary Clark Jr. released a true record intended to be enjoyed as a full work that progresses through various stylings and moods.
Blak and Blu is a fantastic debut record and would serve as great study material for any musician looking to enter the rock or blues game.