50 Best Albums of 2014

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Gary Clark Jr., 'Gary Clark Jr. Live'

47. Gary Clark Jr., 'Gary Clark Jr. Live'

The future-of-the-blues hype that's followed Texas guitar prodigy Gary Clark Jr. is more than affirmed on this staggering live double album. Clark puts his stamp on decades of music with incisive covers of songs like the Delta standard "Catfish Blues," casually seething solos and lysergic-lava distortion that's so rich and bruising it would make Kurt Cobain smile. The sound of huge talent tilting towards defined brilliance.   

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