ERIC CLAP­TON

I STILL DO Bush­branch/Surf­dog ✪✪✪✪ ✪

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A new al­bum from Clap­ton can arouse mixed feel­ings. Some­times it’s like he’s do­ing what comes so nat­u­rally but with­out, it seems, a great deal of effort. Other times he’ll sur­prise us with the spirit that gave us All Your Love, Cross­roads, Layla – and other as­sorted lovely songs. I Still Do is mostly the lat­ter: it’s Clap­ton from the in­stant you hear his dis­torted bot­tle­neck and moody vo­cal on Alabama Woman Blues. Can’t Let You Do It is one of those mid-tempo JJ Cale-style shuf­fles that EC does so well, its wah-wah slide and Stratty licks sit­ting per­fectly in the mix. Eric’s Robert John­son mo­ment here is Stones In My Pass­way – more slide, plus great singing and fine sup­port from a band that in­cludes long­time co­horts Andy Fair­weather-Low and Si­mon Climie. Eric swag­gers into Skip James’s raunchy Cy­press Grove with real style – and is ‘An­gelo Mys­te­rioso’ the same Ed Sheeran who guests with him on­stage in Ja­pan? If you like your EC on the raw side then this Glyn Johns pro­duc­tion won’t dis­ap­point. Old Slow­hand, it seems, Still Does!

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