Eric Clapton
Old Sock


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
March 14th, 2013 | 39 replies


Release Date: 03/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing but a grand old time.

The only thing remotely blue about blues rock guitarist Eric Clapton’s 20th album Old Sock is the imagery of clear skies and an ocean view from the beach. Only featuring two original songs out of its twelve tracks, Old Sock is mostly comprised of covers of personal favorite songs of Clapton’s.

Despite the cover of Gary Moore’s “Still Got the Blues” appearing here and making claims that would argue otherwise, Old Sock is predominantly a very sunshiny album that concentrates on reggae and island music styles. It’s music where Clapton seems very relaxed, as if he’s laid back on a vacation in an exotic locale, and is just having a really fun time with some friends by casually playing covers of songs that come very naturally to him. These are all songs he obviously knows by heart, and Clapton’s radiant personality here makes it all the more enjoyable to listen along.

It’s really a record made out of personal enjoyment, and thus, it really doesn’t feel like he’s striving for anything here, or that there’s a sense of effort involved, and it does come off as less engaging than his previous albums because of this, but those who are not willing to let this album slide them by will quickly find themselves in a very chipper mood from listening.

Even if the music feels free of work, Old Sock is a case of an album that’s very fitting for a lazy day, and therein lies the true joy of it. It's more organic and more aired-out than he's ever been, and the funky and chilled-out reggae-blues that supports it makes Old Sock a great album that listeners can put their feet up to for easy listening. Even though he’s not retired, Clapton sure seems like he’s in paradise, and listening to Old Sock has the ability to put you right there with him.



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breakingthefragile
March 14th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The type of album where you need a hammock to get the full experience.

Gyromania
March 14th 2013


15941 Comments


Nothing but a grand old time.

emphasis on the 'old'

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breakingthefragile
March 14th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I think Old Sock is a bit of an understatement actually when talking about Clapton.

breakingthefragile
March 14th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Do the four shorter paragraphs look better, or should I just change it back to how it was with just the two paragraphs?

Gyromania
March 14th 2013


15941 Comments


the two works just fine, but you can keep this too if you like

breakingthefragile
March 14th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think I'll stick with this, looks more proportional.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2013


4443 Comments


Looks like Eric Clapton has been listening to way too much Jimmy Buffet. I doubt I'll check this out, though. Nice work, Alex.

breakingthefragile
March 14th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Jimmy Buffet! I KNEW this album reminded me of someone, but I just couldn't place my finger on it. Also, thank you Hernan haha.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2013


23909 Comments


that fucking cover

what is with all the golden oldies not even bothering to try with album artwork? the new Bowie one is even worse.

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tommygun
March 14th 2013


24989 Comments


aids bro how could you, the bowie art is sick

very nice review as usual alex, just one minor gripe:

and it does come off as less engaging then his previous albums


prob won't bother with the album pretty bored of clapton tbh


breakingthefragile
March 14th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks tommy, and nice catch, will edit in a sec. Yeah, if you're bored of Clapton, this definitely isn't anywhere near an exciting enough record to reignite your interest lol.

Ire
March 14th 2013


41804 Comments


yeah fuck off aids

;3

MarkvandenBerg
March 14th 2013


77 Comments


I love your writing. Very readable review

necroscope86
March 14th 2013


213 Comments


Clapton has been my favorite musician since I first heard "Layla" this sounds like an interesting listen but I haven't the money right now to buy it. Is this worth checking out? Good review by the way, good Sir.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2013


10288 Comments


Nice review, man. You're really starting to understand how to write concisely. I particularly love the opening sentence!

The only thing I know that could make this review better is a little bit more description of the songs themselves. You briefly mention that there are covers on this album, but it'd be really helpful if you clarified a little bit more, and/or explained if he changes the tracks at all from the originals.

omnipanzer
March 14th 2013


21621 Comments


I'll probably like this, I'll throw it on the long list and get to it when I get to it but no sense of
urgency here.

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BigPleb
March 14th 2013


37247 Comments


He's never written a classic.

Hendrix >

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Uranium
March 14th 2013


7239 Comments


what does old sock reference to?

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2013


10288 Comments


And yeah, this album artwork is fucking awful.

He looks like Harry Morgan.

Mad.
March 14th 2013


3981 Comments


Fragile vs Skele, whose review will win?!?!



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