Gary Clark Jr.’s third full-length album, This Land, due out on February 22nd, lends a helping hand to the rock ‘n’ roll tradition, which is seemingly fading away in popular music. The modern-day blues legend offers his support with wailing guitars, affecting rhythms and lyrics that unashamedly strike hard. And, of course, we get a taste of his signature sense of soul!
A combination of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, hip-hop, reggae and punk, This Land can perhaps be noted as Gary Clark Jr.’s most accomplished body of work to date — it is spirited, unapologetic and brings forth socially relevant matters.
Much like his other albums, if I had to choose one word to describe This Land, it would be “eclectic” — it truly gives us a little bit of everything.
In his track, “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr.’s lyrics are heavy in tone (“Paranoid and pissed-off now that I got the money/50 acres and a model A, right in the middle of Trump country”) as he touches upon modern racism over twisted rifts. In “Feed the Babies,” he presents us with a much lighter side of his sound; channeling the laid-back groove of Marvin Gaye. And then, his track, “Highway 71.” takes a psychedelic turn.
The fact that Gary Clark Jr. does not adhere to one musical rulebook is exactly what makes him so transcendent in the music world. He is an artistic force to reckoned with, and there is no doubt that This Land will be greater proof of this!
Beginning March 9th, Gary Clark Jr. will be launching a U.S. tour in support of the new album.