Album review: I Still Do proves Eric Clapton is the master of blues
I Still Do
Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records
Not that there was any doubt, but Eric Clapton knows how to play the blues – and on the aptly-titled I Still Do, the 71-year-old proves it all over again with a smooth, sonically soothing mix of covers and a couple originals thrown in.
He’s not breaking any new ground here, or tearing the roof off with scorching guitar solos – but that’s OK. I Still Do, just like Clapton, delivers. He reunites here with famed producer Glyn Johns, who was also behind Clapton’s most popular record, Slowhand.
And the songs on I Still Do – with purring female backing singers and an economy of gently rollicking guitar licks – almost sound like out-takes from that 1977 classic, which spawned Wonderful Tonight and Lay Down Sally.
Clapton has always been an insightful interpreter of Bob Dylan’s work, and he shows it again with his distinctive take on I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, a relative obscurity from 1967. Clapton closes with his cover of the standard I’ll Be Seeing You – which hopefully is a hint of more to come and not a farewell.