Eric Clapton – I Still Do (2016)

eric-clapton-i-still-do2Pick any of Eric Clapton’s 23 solo albums at random and chances are you’ll find it dull, indifferent or ill-judged. Sorry. It just is. Point him in the right direction and light the right fires, though, and he truly is one of the signature greats of his generation.

I Still Do is a perfectly judged return with producer Glyn Johns to the JJ Cale-influenced swamp blues of Slowhand (1977) daysminus the heavy drinking, though, it has a quietly reflective, grown up feel that belies the fire that – surprising to many – still burns inside the old sock. This is that sublime Clapton mix of the raw and the refined not heard in a decade.

I Still Do wasn’t so much a plan as a welling up of music that needed letting out. And it doesn’t sound like the well is dry, yet (barring Stones in the Passway 🙂 )