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.
I love how the labels think putting divisive tracks in albums will change the minds of buyers...I could care less how angry this guy is...in fact how is it that much different from most people in the spotlight....he has a good sound period.
I love that there are still talented musicians (Mr. Clark and his band) making, playing, and recording music. His best album so far.
Not what I was expecting
By Matty Music
I love most of the previous albums he has done. This one seems like he is going in a different direction, and that is fine but it’s not what I turn on a Gary Clark Jr album to hear. There are some statement songs on this album where he is using the platform he’s earned to express his views. I’m good with that as we all should be. Not that the previous reviews show that. You don’t have to like or buy the songs but not your place to condemn them either for what they say. I do hope we get more of what made me love GCJ in the first place on future albums and I think dirty dishes blues show that we will!
I’ve always been a fan of Gary Clark Jr. because of his unique blues sound and the fact that he hails from Austin, as I do. This album only increased my respect and admiration for him. Yes, the title track is a bit political, but the music and great and the message even better. For those of you giving this one star solely because of the title track, listen to the rest of the album. It’s very good and he blends all of his musical influences together. Every track sounds different, but it is a very well put together and cohesive album. This could very well win album of the year: it’s that good.
Grow a Pair
To the crying snowflakes b*tching about Gary's message on this album, I dare you to spend a week in a black man's shoes, translate your feelings into music, and elevate that experience into high art. If you can accomplish that, then feel free to b*tch and moan about another human being's experiences that dare to take you out of your smug, self-righteous delusion of privilege. BUT, if you can do none of this, and can't accomplish getting your head out of your own rear end, go back to listening to Elvis.