Eric Clapton’s career is one of those to be revered by many. He’s rubbed shoulders with some of the best musicians in the business, which is no surprise considering he’s one of them. He has well and truly earned his spot as one of the most influential guitarists of all time and his new album ‘I Still Do’ shows no sign of him losing his thread.
Both his guitar ability and his voice are still on point and capture the classic blues groove. Opening slow with a 12 bar blues jam eases the listener into this vibe complete with harmonica, Hammond organ, and piano to add those well-established sounds of the genre. Clapton’s solo flourishes on ‘Alabama Woman Blues’ are a welcome introduction to what is to come.
The rhythm is just as sublime as the lead playing and instead of sticking to the same patterns this album does venture into slightly different vibes
Getting funkier with single ‘Can’t Let You Do It’ grabs the listener and takes them into Eric’s world. The rhythm is just as sublime as the lead playing and instead of sticking to the same patterns this album does venture into slightly different vibes, as on ‘Catch the Blues’. Primarily acoustic but with a soulful and comforting vocal, this song provides a certain subtlety amongst the more obvious blues rock numbers.
Elsewhere, ‘Somebody’s Knockin’’ stands out as a favourite purely as it sounds, to me, like Clapton at his most free to improvise. A steady and solid rhythm allows him to add his signature lead flavour. Not before the organ has its turn in the solo spotlight of course. He can’t be greedy. The choir on ‘I’ll Be Alright’ is also a highlight given their stirring strength that layers beautifully with Clapton’s voice and guitar.
This is another very satisfying and soul-nourishing instalment from one of the all-time greats. If this is to be his last album, then it certainly feels like a fitting one.
But did we expect any less?
By Will Hunt
Fantastic rhythm and lead playing
Varied delivery while remaining blues at heart
Wonderful choir section on ‘I’ll Be Alright’
Listen to ‘Can’t Let You Do It’ below:
Watch Paul Whitehouse interview Eric Clapton and producer Glyn Johns about ‘I Still Do’:
|1. Alabama Woman Blues|
|2. Can’t Let You Do It|
|3. I Will Be There|
|5. Catch The Blues|
|6. Cypress Grove|
|7. Little Man, You’ve Had A Busy Day|
|8. Stones In My Passway|
|9. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine|
|10. I’ll Be Alright|
|11. Somebody’s Knockin’|