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Eric Clapton teams up with music legends on Old Sock

The musician's new album is at root a covers collection that allows Clapton to tip his straw beach hat to some of his favourite songs. 

On Old Sock, Eric Clapton lightenes up a bit.
On Old Sock, Eric Clapton lightenes up a bit.

Eric Clapton
Old Sock
Polydor
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Not always the most self-effacing or laid-back of rockers, Eric Clapton lightens up a bit on his 21st studio album.

Its makeshift cover shot, depicting the veteran guitarist vacationing in Antigua, is a self-portrait he snapped on his iPhone, and he recently revealed that the album's title derives from David Bowie's teasing nickname for him.

A similar sense of playfulness pervades the music on Old Sock. Though it features two new Clapton originals (Gotta Get Over, with Chaka Khan on backing vocals, is a treat), the record is at root a covers collection that allows Clapton to tip his straw beach hat to some of his favourite songs.

With guests including Paul McCartney and Steve Winwood helping out, Clapton makes a more than decent job of material as diverse as Taj Mahal's sunshine reggae-infused Further on Down the Road, Jerome Kern's 1937 standard The Folks Who Live on the Hill and Ted Daffan's old-time country jewel Born to Lose.

Only the Marks and Simons standard All of Me, a duet with Macca, sounds a little too cosy, a little staid

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