The only thing growing faster than Gary Clark Jr.’s acclaim — among fans, critics and iconic musicians alike — is the scope of his talents and tastes. But nothing you have seen, heard or read can prepare you for the power and scope of his debut album, Blak And Blu [$10].
The album, produced by Mike Elizondo and Clark, puts his talents and ambitions through a brilliant prism of vast possibilities. Blak And Blu is a rocket ride rushing from the Mississippi Delta of a century ago to a point somewhere ahead of the horizon, gathering up the whole of blues, rock and soul along the way.
Perhaps the most succinct summation of Clark’s musical vision and what lies ahead can be taken from a recent interview where he imparts: “Music is movement. It all moves together, like lifetimes—a continuum. It’s all part of the same fabric in the end.”