Eric Clap­ton

Happy Xmas

Guitarist - - Music -

Slow­hand be­comes Snow­hand on this bluesy yule­tide re­lease When we heard about this al­bum a few months ago, looks were ex­changed in the Gui­tarist of­fices. But you know what? It kinda works. From the open­ing notes of the first track, White Christ­mas, you see what Clap­ton means when he says, “I had in my head that these hol­i­day songs could be done with a slight blues tinge…” There are some great per­for­mances here, with the orig­i­nal track, For Love On Christ­mas Day an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of EC’s con­tem­po­rary song­writ­ing. For sure, some of the ma­te­rial sleigh rides ever so slightly to­wards the cheesy, but there’s some great gui­tar play­ing jin­gling along the way, too. [DM] Stand­out track: Christ­mas Tears For fans of: Robert Cray, BB King

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