x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Eric Clapton – Clapton

The legendary British singer and guitarist could be forgiven for exhausting his supply of original album names.

Clapton Reprise

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Eric Clapton Clapton (Reprise) His 19th solo album to be released in a career spanning over 40 years, the legendary British singer and guitarist could be forgiven for exhausting his supply of original album names. But, given the disappointingly middle-of-the-road collection of songs that make up Clapton, inspired album titles should be the least of his worries. Despite featuring an impressive line-up of musicians, including long-time collaborator JJ Cale, old sparring partner Steve Winwood and former girlfriend Sheryl Crowe, the results fall way short of the mark. In an album of 14 tracks only three stand out. Judgement Day, When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful and My Very Good Friend The Milkman all carry the influence of New Orleans jazz sound and show Clapton at his best, making you wonder why he didn't focus more on this particular style. All of the tracks are covers, bar Diamonds Made From Rain and Run Back To Your Side, and though this relaxed, bluesy get-together doesn't offend, you get the distinct feeling that Clapton has merely coasted through each recording as opposed to leaving his own, impressive mark.