Gary clark Jr
Live/North America 2016
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.