Blak and Blu

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Blak and Blu
Blak and Blu.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 22, 2012
LabelWarner Bros.
Gary Clark, Jr. chronology
Blak and Blu
The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
Singles from Blak and Blu
  1. "Ain't Messin 'Round"
    Released: September 18, 2012
  2. "Numb"
    Released: October 2, 2012

Blak and Blu is the major-label debut studio album by American musician Gary Clark, Jr., released on October 22, 2012.[1] The album touches on a wide variety of traditionally black music genres, including soul ("Please Come Home"), hip-hop/R&B ("The Life"), Chuck Berry-esque rock and roll ("Travis County"), and Clark's trademark, blues ("When My Train Pulls In", "Numb", "Next Door Neighbor Blues"). Blak and Blu netted Clark his first two Grammy Award nominations, one for Best Rock Song ("Ain't Messin Round") and the other for Best Traditional R&B Performance ("Please Come Home") which won. This marked the first time that an artist was nominated in both categories in the same year.[2] It peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album chart, and number one on the Blues Albums chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[4]
Antiquiet4.5/5 stars[5]
Ventvox2.5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic3.8 out of 5[8]

The album was awarded a 3.5 star rating by Rolling Stone and was listed at #27 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, in which the author said "Clark's brain-frying guitar solos are more about noise nuance and phrasing than speed-trial note-spitting."[9][10] Not all reviews were entirely positive, however. The Chicago Tribune gave the album a 2.5 out of 4 review, stating that the album lacked cohesiveness and consistency due to the wide variety of genres featured.[11]

In 2013, Blak and Blu was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Album' category.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Gary Clark, Jr., except as noted.
1."Ain't Messin 'Round"4:09
2."When My Train Pulls In"7:45
3."Blak and Blu" (Gary Clark, Jr., Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson, Don Robey)4:06
4."Bright Lights"5:24
5."Travis County"3:38
6."The Life"5:05
7."Glitter Ain't Gold (Jumpin' for Nothin')" (Gary Clark, Jr., Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley, Ali Tamposi, Mike Elizondo)4:18
9."Please Come Home"4:16
10."Things Are Changin'"3:59
11."Third Stone from the Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say" (Jimi Hendrix, Little Johnny Taylor)9:37
12."You Saved Me"6:11
13."Next Door Neighbor Blues"3:01
Total length:66:55
Deluxe version bonus tracks[13]

Blak and Blu The Mixtape[edit]

Blak and Blu The Mixtape
Mixtape by
Gary Clark, Jr. presented by D-Nice
ReleasedApril 30, 2014 (April 30, 2014)
GenreHip hop, R&B, pop, indie pop

On 30 April 2014, Gary Clark, Jr. also released a mixtape of the songs under the title Blak and Blu The Mixtape presented by D-Nice.

Track list[edit]

1."Blak and Blu" (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)3:27
2."The Life (Gary Clark Jr EP Version)"1:34
3."The Life (Robert Glasper Remix)"1:57
4."Bright Lights" (feat. Talib Kweli)3:37
5."Soul (Bonus Track from Blak and Blu)"3:49
6."When My Train Pulls In (Big K.R.I.T. Remix)"4:28
7."Things Are Changin (Bright Lights EP Version)"3:25
8."Numb" (feat. Bilal)2:37
9."Please Come Home" (feat. Alice Smith)4:19



Chart (2012–13) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 34
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 38
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 69
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 23
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 93
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 52


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  4. ^ "Gary Clark Jr. album review; Blak and Blu reviewed – Chicago Tribune". 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  5. ^ "Gary Clark Jr. Claims His Blues Crown With 'Blak and Blu' @ Antiquiet Reviews". 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
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