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Old Sock

Eric Clapton

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Album Review

Switching from a major to his own Bushbranch imprint on Gary Hoey's independent SurfDog label is, to the say least, a little unexpected from Eric Clapton, but now that he's reached the ripe old age of 67, the guitarist isn't so concerned with proving himself. On Old Sock, his 20th studio album, he sounds downright happy to be slowly dropping off of the mainstream radar, not bothering with any music that could conceivably be called pop, or even writing his own songs. Only two of the 12 songs on Old Sock are new, and he didn't write either himself; they're co-writes between his longtime right-hand man Doyle Bramhall II, Nikki Costa, and Justin Stanley, and the vaguely propulsive blues-rock of "Gotta Get Over" and cheerful lite reggae bounce "Every Little Thing" fit neatly into the sunny nostalgia offered on the rest of the record. And "sunny" describes Clapton's sound, mood, and styles here, as he favors reggae over the blues, turning both Otis Redding's "Your One and Only Man" and Taj Mahal's "Further On Down the Road" into lilting bits of sunsplash, covering Peter Tosh's "Till Your Well Runs Dry," and getting so besotted with good cheer on "Every Little Thing" he brings in a bunch of kids to sing the closing chorus, a jarring addition that treads the border of good taste. When Clapton does dip into the blues, it's on a grandiose "Still Got the Blues," a tribute to the late (and somewhat underappreciated) British blues guitarist Gary Moore, so it's clear his heart now lies elsewhere, namely shuffling along with Paul McCartney to "All of Me" and knocking out Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" as a front porch singalong. Clapton indulged in this shameless, warm-hearted celebration of the past on 2010's Eric Clapton, but that album bore all the hallmarks of a carefully considered major-label effort: the sound was immaculate and the song selection had the well-considered thrust of a history lesson. Here, he leaves all those classy trappings behind, picks up his guitar and plays a bunch of songs he likes, maybe even loves. It's not an especially compelling reason to make an album but it's not a bad one, either, and the same can be said about the experience of listening to Old Sock: it's a pleasurable way to while away the time.

Customer Reviews

Average!

His voice is the best part of this album. It's similar in many ways to 'Clapton'
As a guitar player myself I always feel disappointed with alot of these albums.
Some good stuff on here but I guess I'd hoped it would be more.

Old Sock Eric Clapton

This is almost like a Vol 2 of his last album " Titled "Clapton " in its choice of material. A Great but very differeent version of " Still Got the Blues " By Gary Moore which Eric was doing In Concert on his last tour as a dediaction to The Late Gary Moore .Theres an amazing guitar riff on track four " Gotta Get Over " and enjoyed the inclusion of a version of Goodnight Irene. Its Eric , like Neil Young doing it his way, And very satisfying it is to, Recommended ! for sure .

A more vintage sound

Why people have given have given this a poor write up I will never know. The previous album 'Clapton' was a step into a more vintage sound and this trend continues into Old sock. Many people seem to believe that because it does not have 'blistering' solos in it, Clapton has been lazy. This is not the case , this album has a rich vintage vibe infused with clapton's thick mid lead sound. Clapton has aimed for this vintage vibe and has more than achieved it. A great warm sounding album that has certainly won me over.

Biography

Born: 30 March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations — the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith — which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature....
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