RELEASE
LABEL
Polydor
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Soft Rock, Album Rock, Rock & Roll

Album Review

Eric Clapton's eponymous solo debut was recorded after he completed a tour with Delaney & Bonnie. Clapton used the core of the duo's backing band and co-wrote the majority of the songs with Delaney Bramlett -- accordingly, Eric Clapton sounds more laid-back and straightforward than any of the guitarist's previous recordings. There are still elements of blues and rock & roll, but they're hidden beneath layers of gospel, R&B, country, and pop flourishes. And the pop element of the record is the strongest of the album's many elements -- "Blues Power" isn't a blues song and only "Let It Rain," the album's closer, features extended solos. Throughout the album, Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique. That is both a good and a bad thing -- it's encouraging to hear him grow and become a more fully rounded musician, but too often the album needs the spark that some long guitar solos would have given it. In short, it needs a little more of Clapton's personality.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Slunkyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/slunky/id1972295?i=1972273&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Bad Boyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bad-boy/id1972295?i=1972275&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Lonesome and a Long Way from Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lonesome-long-way-from-home/id1972295?i=1972277&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. After Midnighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/after-midnight/id1972295?i=1972279&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Easy Nowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/easy-now/id1972295?i=1972281&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Blues Powerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blues-power/id1972295?i=1972283&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Bottle of Red Winehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bottle-of-red-wine/id1972295?i=1972285&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Lovin' You Lovin' Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lovin-you-lovin-me/id1972295?i=1972287&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Told You for the Last Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/told-you-for-the-last-time/id1972295?i=1972289&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Don't Know Whyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dont-know-why/id1972295?i=1972291&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Let It Rainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/let-it-rain/id1972295?i=1972293&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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