Album Review: Gary Clark Jr – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

gary-clark-jr-sonny-boy-slim-album-listenGary Clark Jr – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

Blues | R&B


Blues revivalist Gary Clark Jr has unfortunately taken a mis-step  and fallen into the trap of the tricky second album. The songwriting isn’t up to scratch, in many places Clark strains to sing falsetto which he struggles to pull off and even his guitar work isn’t up to the standards he set on his debut ‘Blak and Blu’. He’s certainly got the technique but it just doesn’t have the feel, the emotion. Even the album’s finest guitar work seems bland and unexciting. The album title also gets under my skin. ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’ suggests a concept album, or at least one song about the titular character. Why in the world would you give an album a title like that with no story and no ‘Sonny Boy Slim’, what is the point? I’m hoping that Clark will pick things up as he has the potential to make some great albums, but there’s a nagging voice in the back of my head saying he’s not going to become the blues legend people pegged him as.