If you don’t like this album because it’s political, don’t listen to it
Hard to listen to does not mean bad. This album is a masterpiece of political statement and music.
Differnt and really good
OK, This land is awful. Once you get past that, the rest of the album is great. different instramentation, but it fun. I tray not to read or worry too much about the politiacl influences in music. Heck, if I only listened to someone with my views it woudl be Kid Rock and Ted Nugent all day.
I’m so disappointed .... I was beyond ecstatic when I first heard G.C jr.’ The Bright lights EP. The era of Heart, Soul, Rhythm, and Blues is something to hold onto; even if such a talented artist is trying to send a message.
Right now, the way he’s putting out his political opinion and message sounds like straight trash. I figured someone with his talent would at least stand up as an actual artist, and present it like a man.
I truly hope his next album is much more like his Blak and Blu album.
Best album of 2019
The title track is the best song of the year. Just telling the truth about a racist president. Love America always. Support your government when it deserves it.
Raw and very listenable
Though it might not quite live up to some of his earlier music, I still find it worth listening to. “This Land” to me is one of his best. It demonstrates his passion for his music and what he has to say, very apropos for these challenging times, a la Marvin Gaye but rawer. He has great talent; he’ll be fine.
Just Saw Him Open For Rolling Stones And...
He was fantastic so I bought the album hejust had played songs from.
I read the reviews about his politics of which BTW I totally disagree with (his politics).
But having just heard him open for Stones in Foxboro, Mass. and his blistering set playing Pearl Cadillac, Low Down Rolling Stone and others I had to buy this. He was just that good. I liked the way this album gives me a glimpse of not just his blues chops but so much more
Now all of that aside... I didn't bash Marvin Gaye when he was writing the same type of stuff 1970 onward. As a matter of fact I embraced it as some of his best work at the time. And it surely was. Same as this stuff musically works quite well.
He obviously felt he had something to say and a music fan would take that at face value.
I look past the politics (I am as Conservative as they come politically) because I love music and I truly enjoy his playing. And I liked this one so much I am going to buy his EP for Bright Lights when done writing this.
Either way this album will stand the test of time in the GCJ music library.
As a guy from a Red State
I enjoyed it even though This Land set a precedent that wasn’t Often explored on the rest of the album. He seems to invoke the spirit of Keith Sweat, The Dirtbombs, And Joe Satrania
if youre into "Hey im Black heres my race card!" this is the garbage for you. The days of colored artists making music instead of political rants are gone forever and the animal now is all we get.
All I can say is wow.
I've known of Gary Clark, Jr., for a long time. I've seen him featured in blues and guitar festivals for at least a decade, and I always thought of him as primarily a blues guy. This album embraces a lot of genres but tilts towards R&B and soul. There is a lot texture and nuance in almost every song. This guy knows how to write a song and how to play and sing the heck out of it. The bad reviews complaining about the politics clearly did not listen to the album or consider the music (just the title track, really) within the context in which it is offered. Go read the lyrics to the title track and tell me how it is about Trump. I dare you.
I Dig It!
By The Det
Gary Clark Jr. keeps getting better. "Low down rolling stone", "What about us", "Pearl Cadillac " are gonna be classics. Btw, I'm pretty much a hard line right winger and I still love the song "This Land", I can appreciate where his emotions are coming from. To the folks that want to rag on him about it: you are missing out on one of the best artists of our generation.