I am not one who is impressed with guitar virtuosity.
In fact I find too much twiddling really off putting, and maybe some of Gary Clark Jnr.’s debut had too much of that on it, certainly did for my taste! He has an impressive legion of famous fans though – Eric Clapton had him play at the Crossroads blues festival, has supported the Stones, Alicia Keys loves him. And his new album has seen him move on from a straight blues sound and more into a lovely mixture of deep southern soul, some with a real Marvin Gaye feel, to Outkast style hiphop beats and through to a Black Keys blues rock sound.
This is an album that brings together many songs and styles of American music and while it may disappoint the lovers of wailing guitar solos, he has made an album that reaches far beyond that.
Nigel House, co-founder Rough Trade record shops