This Land (Gary Clark Jr. album)

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This Land
Gary Clark Jr. - This Land.png
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
StudioArlyn Studios[1]
GenrePop rock, blues, R&B
Length62:15
LabelWarner Bros.
Gary Clark Jr. chronology
The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
(2015)
This Land
(2019)
Singles from This Land
  1. "This Land"
    Released: January 10, 2019

This Land is the third studio album by American blues rock musician Gary Clark Jr., and was released on February 22, 2019 by Warner Bros. Records.[2][3]

Promotion[edit]

The album was announced with a video for lead single "This Land", directed by Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Savannah Leaf.[1] The song and video highlight racism in American society, with Leaf recreating aspects of Clark's childhood as described by the musician to the director, and Clark's response to the policies of President Donald Trump since he was elected in 2016.[1] The track was inspired by "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie, with Clark commenting in an interview with American Songwriter: "It’s one of the first songs we learn, and we sing it together ... It's like the Pledge of Allegiance ... And when you're kids, everybody's together. You don't see differences until you get older, and older people influence you to think about other people a certain way. I just want to get back to singing that song like we were kids again, you know?"[2] Writer Dan Solomon, in Texas Monthly, described "This Land" as "perhaps the first truly great song of Clark's career, a defiant, statement-piece anthem that fits alongside pieces like Childish Gambino's "This is America" and Beyoncé's "Formation" in its vocal addressing of racism in America."[4]

Clark will tour the US to promote the album starting in March 2019.[1][2]

Commercial performance[edit]

This Land debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 with 54,000 album-equivalent units, of which 51,000 were pure album sales. It is his third US top 10 album.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gary Clark Jr., except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."This Land"Clark, Woody Guthrie5:42
2."What About Us" 4:30
3."I Got My Eyes on You (Locked & Loaded)" 5:11
4."I Walk Alone" 3:44
5."Feelin’ Like a Million" 3:34
6."Gotta Get Into Something" 3:04
7."Got to Get Up" 2:37
8."Feed the Babies" 4:46
9."Pearl Cadillac" 5:05
10."When I'm Gone" 3:48
11."The Guitar Man" 4:27
12."Low Down Rolling Stone" 4:18
13."The Governor" 2:21
14."Don't Wait 'til Tomorrow" 4:05
15."Dirty Dishes Blues" 5:03
Total length:1:02:15
Bonus tracks[2]
No.TitleLength
16."Highway 71"3:31
17."Did Dat"6:42
Total length:1:12:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Gary Clark Jr. – vocals (all tracks), guitar (all tracks), bass (4–7, 16), keyboards (1–11, 16–17), percussion (5–6)

Additional musicians

  • Doyle Bramhall II – lute (17)
  • Mike Elizondo – bass (2, 8–12, 14), synth bass (1–3, 11)
  • Alex Peterson – bass (17)
  • Brannen Temple – drums (1–3, 5, 7–8, 10–11, 13–14, 17)
  • J.J. Johnson – drums (4, 6, 9, 12, 15–16)
  • Jon Deas – keyboards (4, 11, 14, 17), Hammond organ (12)
  • Sheila E. – percussion (4, 8, 10–11, 14, 17)
  • Keyon Harrold – horn (7–8)
  • Gabes Burch – backing vocals (6–7)
  • Scooter Weinbtraub – backing vocals (6)
  • Jacob Sciba – backing vocals (2, 7, 12)
  • Gaston Jouany – backing vocals (2, 6–7)
  • Joseph Holguin – backing vocals (2, 6–7)
  • Branko Presley – backing vocals (6)
  • Katelyn O'Neal – backing vocals (6)
  • Lazaro Zarate – backing vocals (6)
  • Mikayla Mundy – backing vocals (6)
  • Pam Adams – backing vocals (6)

Technical

  • Gabes Burch – engineering
  • Gary Clark Jr. – engineering, production, programming
  • Jacob Sciba – production, mixing, engineering
  • Joseph Angel – production
  • Scooter Weintraub – production
  • Mike Elizondo – production
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Joseph Holguin – engineering
  • Adam Hawkins – engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 23
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 29
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 116
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[10] 48
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[11] 87
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[12] 50
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 139
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 36
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[15] 26
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16] 28
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[17] 94
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 15
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 97
US Billboard 200[5] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Patrick Doyle (January 10, 2019). "Gary Clark Jr.'s New Song Is a Scathing Account of Trump-Era Racism". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Caine O'Rear (January 10, 2019). "Gary Clark Jr. Fires Salvo At Trump-Era Racism with "This Land" Video". American Songwriter. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Trey Alston (January 10, 2019). "Gary Clark Jr. Announces New Album THIS LAND, Shares Political Video: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Dan Solomon (January 10, 2019). "Gary Clark Jr.'s New Music Video, "This Land," Is a Furious, Beautiful Statement". Texas Monthly. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (March 3, 2019). "Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Post-Oscars". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Gary Clark Jr. – This Land". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Gary Clark Jr. – This Land" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gary Clark Jr. – This Land" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gary Clark Jr. – This Land" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Gary Clark Jr Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201909 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gary Clark Jr. – This Land" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 9, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Gary Clark Jr. – This Land" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2019. 13. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 10: del 1.3.2019 al 7.3.2019" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Gary Clark Jr. – This Land". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 2, 2019.