Sound — 8
Eric Clapton has been powerfully dominating the music world with his dynamic playing and comandative singing styles for the past 5 decades. Whether you're discussing his time in The Yardbirds, Cream, or his ever expanding solo career, you still have to acknowledge his status as a guitar master and legend. It's now impossible to tune into any good classic rock station without hearing one of Eric's arsenal of hits, such as "Layla" and a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff". Now, solidifying his place as one of classic rock's most prestigious musicians out on the scene, as well as announcing his return to the music scene, is his new solo album, titled "Old Sock". This new studio album features 12 new blues and reggae influenced tracks, that shows Eric doing exactly what he does best. There's nothing relatively heavy hitting in this new album, nothing modern sounding. It's a group of quiet yet absolutely rocking songs that match the vibe and tone of his previous more well known works. Whether it's the chord dominated "Further On Down The Road", or the slow paced lounge-style "Folks Who Live On The Hill", Eric Clapton absolutely dominates.
Lyrics — 9
I was personally surprised how well Eric's singing voice has held up over the years. He has maintained that powerful, glossy sound and feel to his voice that still manages to drive each song forward, and at times can make the song. He can hit the same high notes as he used to, which Eric more than demonstrates in the opening track, as well as that deep musty growl that he first showcased in "Layla". For the most part, the vocal work remains top notch, which is just another enjoyable factor included in his performance throughout "Old Sock" that helps drive it over the top and well beyond.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, Eric Clapton gives another passionately great performance with his new release, "Old Sock", that shows Eric tackling on a variety of reggae and blues rock tracks that when backed by such iconic musicians as Paul McCartney, never ceases to come out on the winning side of each one. Wherever you drop the needle on the record, every song is standout, and can both easily and comfortably sit alongside his more seasoned material. For any established fan of Clapton, this is definitely an album to go and pick up for yourself. I highly doubt you'll be disappointed.