It was once proclaimed that Eric Clapton is god. When it comes to rock guitarists, Clapton is indeed a part of the triune godhead of Hendrix, Townshend and, of course, Clapton. And like a god, Clapton is ageless and powerful; on this album, you feel the force of Clapton's divine guitar playing.
Although JJ Cale wrote "Cocaine," Clapton gave life and definition to it in his own way and made a masterpiece of it! Clapton performs this song in such a way you're almost tempted to start taking the stuff. Kidding aside, this is one of rock's great songs by one of rock's great artists. As an aside, if you really want to hear a great live version of this song, just listen to Clapton's "Just One Night." Which is another great album in its own right.
"The Core" is another kicker that makes you wanna turn up the volume on your receiver to full blast. That is assuming of course your speakers can handle it!
"We're All the Way" and "May You Never" are country-tinged tunes that Clapton delivers with flair. "Lay Down Sally" was the Top 40 single from this album and while it's a good song, it's kinda lost some of its punch over the years mainly because it's gotten too much air play on both AOR and adult contemporary stations.
"Slowhand" is not only a classic Clapton album but it's also a classic rock album. If you don't have this album in your collection, you're missing something.