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Gary Clark Jr., 'The Bright Lights EP'

40. Gary Clark Jr., 'The Bright Lights EP'

This taster for the 27-year-old bluesman's major-label LP, due in 2012, is richer than most full-length records, showing off Clark's gifts for smoldering electric R&B, boogie locomotion and acoustic-Hendrix drama. Eric Clapton and Questlove have become huge fans. Here's why.

Will Hermes' Original Review: Gary Clark Jr's 'The Bright Lights EP'
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