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This Land

This Land

by Gary Clark Jr. Gary Clark Jr.
This Land

This Land

by Gary Clark Jr. Gary Clark Jr.


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"F*ck you, I'm America's son/This is where I come from." Gary Clark, Jr. spits out that line with all the venom he can muster on the opening track of 2019's This Land, and while he's specifically challenging a racist neighbor who doesn't believe he can afford the Texas ranch he calls home, it also sounds like he's shouting down anyone who has dared to question his creative ambitions or tried to pigeonhole him as just another bluesman. Since making his major-label debut with 2012's Blak and Blu, Clark has steadily been widening his boundaries as a musician, and This Land is his toughest and most ambitious work to date, a bold and often ferocious set of songs that serves as a polyglot of African-American musical idioms and sharply articulate thoughts about American life in the midst of the Trump era. As on his previous albums, Clark frequently demonstrates he's a gifted and forceful guitarist, but on This Land, the songs are ultimately more important than the solos, and the rich, densely packed production, the melodic diversity of material, and the undiluted passion of the lyrics (and the way Clark delivers them) is what truly makes this album succeed. From the raw, funky rock of the title cut, the Chuck Berry on speed punkability of "Gotta Get Into Something," the proto-reggae menace of "Feeling Like a Million," the hard rock thunder of "What About Us," the slinky but robust R&B mood of "Don't Wait Til Tomorrow," and the Prince-meets-Hendrix groove of "Feed the Babies," This Land is stylistically fearless as Clark explores nearly every musical option that crosses his mind, and remarkably enough, all of it works, fitting together like distinct, individual pieces that make a larger and unified whole. While several of the tracks on This Land were built around samples and Clark reveals a deep knowledge of the history of African-American music, his vision is strong enough that This Land sounds fresh and compelling at every turn. Clark and co-producer Jacob Sciba have given it a potent sound that makes these songs sound as muscular and uncompromising as required. And while Clark plays most of the instruments himself on these sessions, bassist Mike Elizondo and drummer Brannen Temple generate grooves that are as big and as expressive as Clark's guitar. This Land is not an album many were expecting Gary Clark, Jr. to make when he burst into nationwide recognition at the start of the 2010s, and that's one of its greatest strengths -- it frequently upends expectations while confirming Clark's broad talent and imagination, and if this doesn't convince you he's a major artist, nothing will.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2019
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624902270
catalogNumber: 584802
Rank: 19749


  1. This Land
  2. What About Us
  3. I Got My Eyes On You (Locked & Loaded)
  4. I Walk Alone
  5. Feelin' Like a Million
  6. Gotta Get Into Something
  7. Got to Get Up
  8. Feed the Babies
  9. Pearl Cadillac
  10. When I'm Gone
  11. The Guitar Man
  12. Low Down Rolling Stone
  13. The Governer
  14. Don't Wait Til Tomorrow
  15. Dirty Dishes Blues
  16. Highway 71
  17. Did Dat

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Clark   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Sheila E.   Percussion
Brannen Temple   Drums
Doyle Bramhall   Oud
Mike Elizondo   Bass,keyboard bass
Pam Adams   Background Vocals
Scooter Weintraub   Background Vocals
Keyon Harrold   Horn
Jacob Sciba   Vocals,Background Vocals,Dubs
JJ Johnson   Drums
Joseph Holguin   Background Vocals
Gabe Burch   Background Vocals
Gaston Jouany   Background Vocals
Katelyn O'Neal   Background Vocals
Lazaro Zarate   Background Vocals
Branko Presley   Background Vocals
Mikayla Mundy   Background Vocals
Jon Deas   Keyboards,Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Bobby Eli   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Additional Production
Curtis Ousley   Composer
Jimmy Jones   Composer
Lane Evans   Composer
Scooter Weintraub   Executive Producer
Jacob Sciba   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Gary Clark   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Joseph Angel   Composer,Additional Production
Carlton Fisher   Composer
Joseph Holguin   Composer,Engineer
Hampton Reese   Composer
Johnny Braff   Composer
Jimmy Jones   Composer
Carol Reese   Composer
Charles Atkins   Composer

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