15 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Clapton has a little bit of everything, jumping between blues, pop, and soft rock, delivering each with a wise and gentle touch. "Hard Times Blues" sees Clapton, once again, faithfully reviving an old classic—mixing it up by adding some mandolin under his tastefully gruff vocals. "How Deep Is the Ocean," meanwhile, climaxes not with a guitar solo, but with the melancholy trumpet playing of Wynton Marsalis (backed by a lush string section for good measure).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Clapton has a little bit of everything, jumping between blues, pop, and soft rock, delivering each with a wise and gentle touch. "Hard Times Blues" sees Clapton, once again, faithfully reviving an old classic—mixing it up by adding some mandolin under his tastefully gruff vocals. "How Deep Is the Ocean," meanwhile, climaxes not with a guitar solo, but with the melancholy trumpet playing of Wynton Marsalis (backed by a lush string section for good measure).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
261 Ratings

261 Ratings

karebma ,

At age 65, has Clapton still got "it"?

The guitar work and vocals are as smooth as ever. Technically speaking the producers did a fine job bringing out his talents and those of the other artists on the album. As I have studied Clapton's work over the years I have come to the conclusion that his playing as he's gotten older has improved, or perhaps put differently, has become more subtle and engaging as it has become more sparse. Rather than feeling compelled to fill every moment with a note, as seems to be the case on Layla, for instance, he's building more aurally complex tunes by relying more on technique and melodic tone and less on pure brute force virtuosity. As to musical style on 'Clapton' I hear elements of 'Back Home,' 'Me and Mr. Johnson,' 'Road to Escondido,' and perhaps a little 'Riding with the King' thrown in for good measure. If you're a Clapton fan, I would be greatly surprised if you were disappointed by his latest offering. Has Slowhand still got it? No question.

Fabbio ,

Excellent

Excellent album! Eric Clapton never disappoints and this album is just another example of his proficient knowledge of the blues. Great job! Now just come to a city near me!

fahgetthenick ,

Alongtimefan

The jury is still out on whether I'm going to buy this album....Eric deserves the right to produce anything he wants, but this might be a little too mellow for my taste....hoping it will grow on me

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