Blak And Blu
Label: Warner Bros.
After setting the blues scene ablaze with a string of EPs, Gary Clark Jr. releases a full-length debut that makes good on his burgeoning reputation. What stands out is his ability to "re-combine" stylistic eras. On several cuts (including hard groovers "When My Train Pulls In" and "Bright Lights") he bleeds Stevie Ray Vaughan into The Black Keys. Meanwhile, when the fuzzy stomp of "Numb" crashes through the speakers, it's obvious the guy digs his psychedelic blues. But none of this should imply Clark lacks his own style; rather, the singer and guitarist is one sharp student of tradition.