461 Ocean Boulevard Review

artist: Eric Clapton date: 07/24/2009 category: compact discs
Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard
Released: Jul 1974
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: RSO
Number Of Tracks: 10
Clapton's second attempt at a solo career is the greatest example of his concise song writing and playing ability.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.7
461 Ocean Boulevard Reviewed by: TheDissident, on july 24, 2009
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Sound: 461 Ocean Boulevard contains the best showing of Clapton's 70's charm, a real breakthrough album that would set the stage for the rest of his solo career. Utilizing multiple styles, Eric comes through with a beautifully executed album, blending his favorite styles of rock, blues, country, and even reggae. The solid production and short track lengths may give the album a pop feel, Clapton stays true to his blues and simple plays he style in a shorter time frame. Make sure to check out Motherless Blues, a blues song in the truest form, Clapton performing brilliantly through out. Another stand out on the album come from his cover of Marley's I Shot the Sheriff; his reggae style would give him his biggest radio hit. Overall, the sounds of the album, no matter what genre they come from, all blend in together perfectly and with a form that only Clapton could accomplish. // 10

Lyrics: Clapton performed plenty of covers for this album, a trend that would continue for most of his solo career, but when he decides to lay down some lyrics himself that come out excellent. Let it Grow, a bluesy song about choices and decisions, features the short and concise song writing that Clapton has always been so good at. Clapton also wrote Give Me Strength and Get Ready, both of which are decent, though Clapton's message seems lost in Get Ready, and it's the closest thing one can find to "filler" on this album (the refrain and chorus are overly repetitive). As for Clapton's covers, his performances insure that one would readily believe he wrote them. Though it might be odd to hear Clapton's bluesy voice singing the reggae hit I Shot the Sheriff, his ability as an artist guarantees the song comes out beautifully and with no confusion. // 9

Overall Impression: Overall, Clapton's second attempt at a solo career is the greatest example of his concise song writing and playing ability. 461 Ocean Boulevard is the golden standard Clapton would try to hit for decades after, though unfortunately he would rarely come close. If you're a Clapton fan, you need to purchase 461 Ocean Boulevard. It is an excellent buy with a track list that guarantees it will be set on repeat for a good amount of time. // 10

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