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New releases from Gary Clark Jr., FEELS and more

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Gary Clark Jr., This Land
  • Gary Clark Jr., This Land
Gary Clark Jr., This Land (Warner Entertainment) – When Clark tore into the title track on Saturday Night Live recently, listeners were jolted not only by the topical angry reference to “Trump Country,” but the broader mix of R&B and rock surrounding Clark’s traditional blues. In this 17-track sprawling monster, Clark addresses black empowerment and the national image, but retains tasty guitar licks. The album may be a trifle long in a manner similar to Cass McCombs’ latest, but the hour-long magnum opus seems to be in favor this year.

FEELS, Post Earth
  • FEELS, Post Earth
FEELS, Post Earth (Wichita Recordings) – Los Angeles has spawned plenty of women-led post-punk bands of late, and Laena Geronimo’s foursome FEELS is among the tightest. This sophomore album is more polished yet more harsh than the self-titled debut. It works best with brief punky call-and-response tunes like “Deconstructed,” or declarative minimal tracks that echo Gang of Four, like “Find a Way.” FEELS only loses energy when it tries to sound too mainstream.

Durand Jones & The Indications, American Love Call
  • Durand Jones & The Indications, American Love Call
Durand Jones & The Indications, American Love Call (Dead Oceans) – Can five post-grads from Bloomington, Indiana, really hope to revive the strings-influenced soul of Curtis Mayfield or The Isley Brothers? The Indications’ debut album certainly won them believers, and this second album, the first on a national label, features works like “Don’t You Know” and “Too Many Tears” that make the sum product far more than a nostalgia novelty.

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