Gary Clark Jr. has long established himself as a masterful guitarist whose passion and fiery playing sets him apart from more retro-minded blues musicians. But he takes his original music to another level on his latest record, This Land, mixing funk, soul, psychedelia and anthemic rock to deliver the Austin native’s pointed state-of-the-union address. In the title track, which loosely alludes to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” Clark declares, “Paranoid and pissed off … 50 acres and a Model A, right in the middle of Trump country/I told you, there goes a neighborhood.” The atmospheric hard rock of “I Walk Alone” alternates with the militantly confrontational hard funk of “What About Us.” While other musicians use the blues to create a happy, escapist Neverland, Clark wields his guitar like a searing light to reveal how divided this country remains today. With Michael Kiwanuka.

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