Sound — 10
Eric Clapton has one of the greatest and most distinct tone. He really revolutionized the use of effects, as one can hear in the song "White Room." Whether it's a slow song like "Wonderful Tonight," or a fast-paced song like "Crossroads" (one of the greatests solos of all time), listeners are immediately hooked. Besides those two songs, every other song is great. He's truly gifted; no one else can play like him.
Lyrics — 10
His lyrics basically tell the story of his life. "Layla," possibly the greatest love song if not the greatest song of all time, was written because of his love at the time. Even the songs he covered were related to him in one way or another, like "Cocaine." It was originally written by JJ Cale, but Clapton did have a drug problem at one time. His lyrics are just amazing.
Overall Impression — 10
This is one of most favorite albums of all time. I love this album because it compiles most of Clapton's greatest songs, plus, each song has amazing guitar playing, and there's nothing I like more than the sound of a loud guitar solo, especially by Clapton. My favorite songs are "Crossroads," "Layla," and "Cocaine," because each have an amazing solo in it, and great lyrics. Anyone who loves classic rock and fantastic guitar playing should definitely get this album.