Sound — 10
Here is Eric Clapton at his finest, not just as a guitarist but as a singer/songwriter and bandleader. The dueling guitars of Clapton and Duane Allman and even Bobby Whitlock expresses great creativity in blues/rock. Allman's slide in "Layla" is something that probably makes every listener cry when they first listen deeply to it. A very uplifting feeling can be felt throughout the album.
Lyrics — 10
Clapton, unlike most of his other work, is centered around one theme (maybe even considered a concept album) which is his passion for Patti Boyd (his good friend George Harrison's wife). It even progresses from track to track starting with "I Looked Away" stating his initial denial of wanting her and then climaxing with "Layla" with Clapton expressing his driving passion for her. Great story!
Overall Impression — 10
As an album, this is Eric Clapton's most creative and aww inspiring creation. Some of my favorite Clapton songs (Keep On Growing, Layla, his rendition of Jimi's Little Wing) can be found here. This album is full of energy and drive that it is an absolute joy listening to it all the way through. For all of you Clapton fans, this is a must have and a timepiece for any music lover's collection. The only disappointment is that they didn't create more music.