Gary clark Jr

Live/North Amer­ica 2016

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Gary Clark Jr. cap­tures the raw spirit of live soul and blues in his sec­ond con­cert al­bum, Live/North Amer­ica 2016. Its back-to-ba­sics com­po­si­tions, washed over with cheers and the gen­tle at­mo­spher­ics of the stage, im­part a warm­ing sense of in­ti­macy. Guitar so­los are as sear­ing hot as they are abun­dant (very), but equally poignant are the roar­ing cho­ruses, hazy bridges and snappy jam sec­tions that wrap them. The tracks are mostly pulled from Jr’s 2015 al­bum, ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’ and soar with ev­ery scratchy riff and smoky twang. Jr’s ver­sa­til­ity also shines through in the al­bum’s two cov­ers, Hon­est I Do (Jimmy Reed) and My Baby’s Gone (El­more James) which pay a pas­sion­ate trib­ute to the blues greats of the past be­fore bleed­ing into the tow­er­ing, smoky beast that is Numb. And with a run­time just shy of 75 min­utes, it’s hard not to feel per­fectly sated by the end of it all.

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