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. Slunky
  2. Lonesome and a Long Way from Home
  3. After Midnight
  4. Bad Boy
  5. Blues Power
  6. Bottle of Red Wine
  7. Lovin' You Lovin' Me
  8. Easy Now
  9. Let It Rain
  10. Told You for the Last Time
  11. Don't Know Why