Conseqeunce of Sound has a review of the Story of Sonny Boy Slim, Gary Clark Jr.’s stunning sophomore release. According to CoS, the new album smoothes some of the “wayward fire” of Clark’s 2012 debut Blak and Blu. Compared to that record, CoS says, Sonny Boy Slim is “more driven, with sharper eyes on the road.” While Clark’s prowess as a blues guitarist is well-known, the review demonstrates that he’s just as likely to be compared to the likes of TV on the Radio and Blood Orange as he is to be compared to characters like Eric Clapton or the late BB King (both of whom, it should be noted, have praised Clark’s playing). Read the whole thing here.
NPR‘s All Songs TV has the video for “Church,” a gospel-influenced standout track from the new LP that features background vocals from his sisters Shawn and Savannah. “Directed by photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch,” Robin Hilton writes, “the black and white video is a simple but deeply moving look at the singer as he makes a plea for strength to be the man he knows he can never be.” Watch the video below. Read more about it here.
The Story of Sonny Boy Slim jumped to #27 at CMJ Radio 200, but is still shy of his debut album’s Top 10 peak. Give Clark’s latest effort a big push and help him achieve back-to-back top 10 records at CMJ!