Slowhand Review

artist: Eric Clapton date: 07/20/2009 category: compact discs
Eric Clapton: Slowhand
Released: Nov, 1977 / Nov, 2006 (CD remaster)
Genre: Rock
Label: Polydor
Number Of Tracks: 9
The album is an excellent example of Clapton's different playing styles and a great showing of his influences.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9
Slowhand Reviewed by: TheDissident, on july 20, 2009
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Sound: Eric Clapton is arguably one of the most recognizable guitarists in the world. Slowhand, on the same note, contains arguably a few of the most recognizable songs in his entire catalog. The album contains so many styles, as Eric blends his own unique technique with the songs of others. In fact, one could argue that the album lacks a real structure to it's songs, and that the changing of styles is enough to make the listener's head spin. Luckily, Clapton pulls the album all together, mixing beautifully the best elements of pop (Wonderful Tonight), rock (Cocaine), and the classic Clapton blues (Next Time You See Her, Mean Old Frisco). Coming off the not-so-well-received No Reason To Cry, Clapton seems to strip down his sound, taking a more direct approach at the material. His simplified style works masterfully, and the album's diversity means it appeals to more than just Clapton's usual fan base. // 9

Lyrics: Slowhand contains songs written by Clapton, Cale, and Martyn just to name a few. Clapton's lyrics are usually simple but personal (Wonderful Tonight), conveying a relaxing but melancholic mood that the pop savvy blues guitarist delivers excellently. His work on Cale's Cocain (one of his highest charting singles, behind his cover of I Shot the Sheriff is enough to almost make on believe it's his. Not surprising of course given his history involving the illegal substance and the horrible toll it took on his life; he simply sings from his heart. Lay Down Sally, a song with an interesting country blues style, is another excellent example of Clapton's simple but effective song writing. Because of his writing style, the tracks are never laborious to listen to, and the songs don't seem to drag on longer than necessary to convey his point. // 9

Overall Impression: Overall, the album is an excellent example of Clapton's different playing styles and a great showing of his influences. This is the album that, with 461 Ocean Boulevard and his Unplugged performance, I would most recommend to someone not familiar with Clapton (his solo work at least). Even if you own Cream of Clapton, which unsurprisingly contains the two "big" tracks of the album, Wonderful Tonight and Cocaine, you will still want to buy Slowhand. Each song is worth a few listens, and undoubtedly the album will grow on you quickly. // 9

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