|I Got My Eyes On You (Locked & Loaded)|
|I left home to never come back But I want you, but I want you Your persuasion brought me back 'Cause I want you, 'cause I want you Expectations got...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Feb 20, 2019On This Land, his third major-label studio album, his songwriting has caught up with his playing. ... It has something to do with the power of contrariness: that is, Clark’s determination to deliver the raw, analog, spontaneous opposite of crisply quantized digital content. And it has a lot to do with America in 2019, where division, frustration and seething anger can use an outlet with the historical resonance and emotional depth of the blues.
Feb 27, 2019A good amount of the record adds up to a concept album about a successful musician trying to balance the demands and rewards of the road with home and family life. That’s not exactly unexplored territory on a rock (or blues or soul) record, but it does feel like Clark is honestly grappling with some internal issues here, in a variety of musical styles and subgenres that all go down easy.
Classic Rock MagazineFeb 20, 2019As Clark wraps up with the formulaic 12-bar of Dirty Dishes Blues, you realise how much the rest of the album pushes the envelope and applaud him for it. [Mar 2019, p.88]
Feb 27, 2019This Land might not be a huge success. Some parts of the 16-song album are cheesy ("Feeling Like a Million"), too lyrically aggressive ("This Land"), or lacking innovation ("Low Down Rolling Stone"). However, few guitarists can consistently play notes this high, and do so with such quality. Clark Jr. can really rip a solo—that's his appeal to listeners—and a few more of those guitar extensions would have done This Land better.
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Feb 28, 2019At 17 tracks long, this is an ambitious effort, combining various styles and themes. Inevitably there is some drag toward the middle and backAt 17 tracks long, this is an ambitious effort, combining various styles and themes. Inevitably there is some drag toward the middle and back end of the album but just when you're thinking that the album will peter out, a new and vibrant song catches your ear and renews your interest.
Particular highs for the album are the title track, This Land which is a vicious attack on the current political climate in the US that grabs your attention through its raw emotion and thumping beat. Also, the delightful surprise of the punk-influenced Gotta Get Into Something really shows an evolution from the blues that characterizes much of Clark Jr.'s discography. Two other great highs for me were the soulful love anthem When I'm Gone and similarly heartfelt The Guitar Man.… Expand
Mar 1, 2019Could've been more compact and minimal. This Land feels like a live rendition from Gary Clark, Jr. and is comparable with any other blues rockCould've been more compact and minimal. This Land feels like a live rendition from Gary Clark, Jr. and is comparable with any other blues rock musicians'. Nothing really outstanding except for his lyricism and 6-string prowess.… Expand
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