Eric Clapton
Slowhand


3.0
good

Review

by Mr. Black USER (3 Reviews)
February 24th, 2007 | 28 replies | 8,289 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Claptons next solo installment...

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Eric Clapton has produced some of the most memorable music available in the 20th century and has been in a variety of bands, from Cream to Blind Faith and everything else in between. within these bands and throughout his solo career, Clapton has twisted the blues every which way to make it sound fresh and new and he's done a damn good job of it. In all honesties, he has done fantastically well with a career spanning around forty years rooted securly within the blues bracket. Of course, there have been exceptions; one being 'Slowhand's own 'Lay Down Sally'. Anyways, enough of that, I'm here to review albums.

The Album kicks off with the catchy riffing from Clapton, as he covers J.J Cale's 'Cocaine', a song about how you shouldn't use cocaine, apparently. Drug controversies aside, this song is a steady album opener and is fantastic when heard live. Clapton uses an intresting method of recording solo's over solo's, changing a few notes within the solo. Sounds nice. Great way to kick off the album.

The next song on offer is a strange one. 'Wonderful Tonight' is a song nobody expected from Eric Clapton and on top of that, in my opinion, it is poor, has no real direction and in all respects, Clapton can do so much better. Silly lyrics, alongside harmonising with a woman (no sexism meant) provide the soundtrack to a soppy romantic comedy. I lost a lot of respect for Clapton after this. Best worth skipping it, in my view.

Next up, and back on track comes 'Lay Down Sally' a Knopfler-esque bluegrass number that is as cool as it is different. The use of female vcocals on this track really shine, and lyrics are clever and fit perfectly with the nice rolling drum beat. Clapton even offers a simple yet effective guitar solo. You'll be nodding your head to this one, it's a fantastic song and one of my favourite rock songs.

Moving swiftly on, and we arrive at the final of Clapton's compostions on the album as it starts to settle here. Clapton utilises an acoustic guitar here for the rhythm/lead parts (the guitar lead parts are almost non existant in this song) a clever, swooping keyboard is also used and makes this song a good 'un. 'Next Time You See Her' is one of the better songs from the album.

Another slower song here, as Clapton breaks out some shimmering acoustic guitar lines, with soft lyrics and basic drum beats. More female related harmonising comes here, and this song follows that of 'Wonderful Tonight' only doesn't disapoint half as much. Short one, and an album filler, but decent enough.

Next comes what is probably the albums centerpeice. Clocking in at 8:45 and kicking off with a sizzling distorted riff that is joined by a keyboard peice. 'The Core' is a belter of a song, with our trusty female vocalist friend helps ol' Eric out here. It works well. A rather intresting sort of saxaphone (I think) solo kicks in here and provides another element that is unexpected from Clapton. A speedy guitar solo soon takes over here, and is the only real rock solo on the entire album. The song returns to verses, but not long later another Saxophone solo is present, followed again by a guitar solo, better than the last one in my opinion as the album dips into usual Clapton mode for a bit. Probably the best song on the album.

Clapton breaks out the acoustic guitar here, with a kind of Eagles-style tune that doesn't disapoint and is one that I enjoyed quite a bit. No real solo is present here and the keyboards again provide the melody. Enjoyable enough.

Coming next is the song 'Mean Old Prisco' fires off with a overdirven, blues bottleneck guitar that oozes bad attitude. Clapton is in his element here, playing the blues and this song doesn't dissapoint. Jangly Piano tunes in here, and this basic song again doesn't disapoint, but it doesn't do anything for the album either. A cool sounding Slide guitar solo comes in, but just follows the melody, which is again fairly disapointing, considering I've never heard Clapton play slide before and after this single song.

Finally we come to 'Peaches and Diesel' with yet more acoustic guitars, keyboards and the atmosphere that Clapton has provided the soundtrack to some bad romantic comedy. The song is an instrumental one and sports the best guitar solo on the album. But again it is something that Clapton can do better than and whilst the solo itself is well written and executed, the song doesn't really change from it's rom-com atmosphere.

The album on a whole was rather experimental from Clapton and incredibly soft in terms of rock and roll. Not a fantastic one and could be describe as an album of album fillers, bar 'The Core'. Whilst it's enjoyable, it really doesn't hit the spot and with Clapton haing such a high reputation amongst some, this album won't have gone down well with them along with this, only 5 of the 9 tracks were written by Clapton, which may redeem him somewhat.. Highlight tracks include: The Core, Cocaine and Lay Down Sally. Not the best ever, but not appaling.


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MrKite
February 24th 2007



5020 Comments


I find Clapton's stuff to be too samey. There a few tracks of his I enjoy, though.



Bfhurricane
February 24th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this album in particular is pretty samey, but I dig it. There's not too much emotion in here, but he's full of life when he plays these songs live

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2011



18168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album's pretty good.

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Cygnatti
October 30th 2012



19959 Comments


wonderful tonight rules wtf

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Storm In A Teacup
January 24th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Biiiawwtch uuuu looook horribowl tooooniiigght

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013



18168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

Good album.

Storm In A Teacup
January 24th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cocaine is a 6/5 so is Wonderful Tonight.

omnipanzer
January 24th 2013



21391 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bah, don't agree.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013



18168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't listened to this in a while, need to give it another spin at some point.

Cygnatti
January 24th 2013



19959 Comments


wonderful tonight is such a mellow lovely song

manosg
January 26th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

EC is great but he has released much more material than he should have. More quality control would be nice...

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NightProwler
January 26th 2013



6120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed. This still rocks, though, and he's an amazing guitarist. But his records from the 80s and up to now just haven't been the same

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manosg
January 26th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, his work has been questionable but he's one of the all time greats.

NightProwler
January 26th 2013



6120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The original Layla by Derek and the Dominos just might be my favorite song, Duane Allman is so damn boss

manosg
January 26th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great guitar player. It's a shame he died so young. Layla and Other Assorted... is one of my all time favorites.

NightProwler
January 26th 2013



6120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's probably the best "Guitar Album" ever, IMO. Perhaps besides Electric Ladyland or Paranoid

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2013



18168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is easily the best thing Clapton ever did imo.

manosg
January 26th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Followed by Disraeli Gears, Beano and Blind Faith?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2013



18168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yep. Probably in that order too.

BigTuna
February 7th 2013



5151 Comments


"no sexism meant"

whoops

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