14 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the liner notes to this 2001 release, Eric Clapton explained that “reptile” was a term of endearment among the locals he grew up with in England. He dedicated the album to his beloved uncle Adrian, and though it's not always explicit, the songs exude feelings of familial affection and security. Part of that comes from Clapton’s easy fusion of everything he'd done well in the previous decade: a murmuring fusion of folk-soul-jazz (“Reptile,” “Modern Girl,” “Believe in Life”), meaty blues revivalism (“Got You on my Mind”), and rumpled acoustic rambles (“Find Myself”). “Travelin’ Light” and “Second Nature” elucidate Clapton’s perennial affinity for J.J. Cale (although the latter song could also pass as a Sheryl Crow ringer), while “I Want a Little Girl” exemplifies the R&B naturalism that Clapton didn’t perfect until he passed 50. For all its diverse pleasures—both subtle and brazen—Reptile is most distinguished by its forays into '70s-style soul music, a new look for Clapton. Backed by Billy Preston and the surviving members of The Impressions, Clapton summons the spirit of Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway on “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and “Broken Down.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the liner notes to this 2001 release, Eric Clapton explained that “reptile” was a term of endearment among the locals he grew up with in England. He dedicated the album to his beloved uncle Adrian, and though it's not always explicit, the songs exude feelings of familial affection and security. Part of that comes from Clapton’s easy fusion of everything he'd done well in the previous decade: a murmuring fusion of folk-soul-jazz (“Reptile,” “Modern Girl,” “Believe in Life”), meaty blues revivalism (“Got You on my Mind”), and rumpled acoustic rambles (“Find Myself”). “Travelin’ Light” and “Second Nature” elucidate Clapton’s perennial affinity for J.J. Cale (although the latter song could also pass as a Sheryl Crow ringer), while “I Want a Little Girl” exemplifies the R&B naturalism that Clapton didn’t perfect until he passed 50. For all its diverse pleasures—both subtle and brazen—Reptile is most distinguished by its forays into '70s-style soul music, a new look for Clapton. Backed by Billy Preston and the surviving members of The Impressions, Clapton summons the spirit of Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway on “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and “Broken Down.”

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