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on July 30, 2003
This album just doesn't work for me.
I have almost all of Eric Clapton's albums, the good ones, the great ones and the mediocre ones, and everybody but me seems to count this one among the great ones.
I've had it for fifteen years or something like that, and it absolutely refuses to grow on me. Sure, it's got "Lay Down Sally", "Wonderful Tonight", and the lesser-known but quite charming "May You Never". But the rest is not just filler, it's incredibly dull filler, with no hooks, no groove, nothing! Even Clapton's takes on "Cocaine" and "Mean Old Frisco" aren't particularly good.
"Wonderful Tonight" is perhaps not the kind of song that most people associate (or would like to associate) with EC, but it is a really good pop song nonetheless. And "Lay Down Sally" is a catchy little number as well.
But come on....nothing, absolutely nothing on this record comes close to Eric Clapton's best.
Maybe part of the reason that I find "Slowhand" so uninspiring is Glyn John's awful, flat, dull, lifeless, one-dimentional production (the drums sound like somebody banging away on an overturned plastic bucket), but that's not the whole story. The songs just aren't good enough.
Sure, Clapton's playing is excellent, but how can anyone say that this is some of the best work of a man who has recorded "Layla", "Bell Bottom Blues", "Blues Power", "Let It Rain" and "Tell The Truth"?
To me, almost every other album Clapton recorded in the 70s and early 80s is better than this (with the exception of the critical and commercial failure "There's One In Every Crowd"). It does have its moments, sure, but they are few and far between. Three stars is certainly being generous.