Editors’ Notes Texas has given the world its fair share of estimable blues guitarists and Austin's Gary Clark, Jr. takes the blues into the 21st century with a soulful fuzztone that breaks through the hype. But it isn't just heavy guitar workouts that establish the man's credentials. The title track prefers a light touch, a comfortable mix of hip-hop rhythms and early 70s Philly Soul. That's Clark's modus operandi: do it all and do it right. "When My Train Pulls In" and "Bright Lights" blister like vintage Robin Trower and Stevie Ray Vaughan. "Travis County" embarks on a Stones-like romp that could've been found on Exile on Main St.. "The Life" tests out computer technology with a bright hip-hop groove and a tune that's pure pop and soul. "Glitter Ain't Gold" and "Numb" work the same blues-avenues as the Black Keys, while "Ain't Messin 'Round" kicks up a horn chart and a sense that someone's rewriting "Satisfaction" with great skill and enthusiasm while adding a gorgeous vocal hook to the chorus. There aren't many major label debuts this rich in pure talent and ambition.

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Ain't Messin 'Round
1
4:09
 
When My Train Pulls In
2
7:45
 
Blak and Blu
3
4:06
 
Bright Lights
4
5:24
 
Travis County
5
3:38
 
The Life
6
5:05
 
Glitter Ain't Gold (Jumpin' for Nothin')
7
4:18
 
Numb
8
5:26
 
Please Come Home
9
4:16
 
Things Are Changin'
10
3:59
 
Third Stone from the Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say
11
9:37
 
You Saved Me
12
6:11
 
Next Door Neighbor Blues
13
3:03
 

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