Album Reviews | Eric Clapton – Old Sock (2013)

Once you have listened to the following albums, then maybe give Old Sock a shot:

  • The Yardbirds – Five Live Yardbirds [Live] (1964)
  • John Mayall – Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
  • Cream – Fresh Cream (1966)
  • Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
  • Cream – Wheels of Fire (1968)
  • Blind Faith – Blind Faith (1969)
  • Derek and the DominosLayla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
  • Eric ClaptonEric Clapton (1970)
  • Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)
  • Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977)
  • Eric Clapton – Just One Night [Live] (1980)
  • Eric Clapton – Journeyman (1989)
  • Eric Clapton – Unplugged (1992)
  • Eric Clapton – From the Cradle (1994)
  • Eric Clapton – Me and Mr. Johnson (2004)
  • Eric Clapton – Clapton (2010)

Then again, if you’re enough of a Clapton diehard that you are willing to go the lengths of listening to all of the above albums — I still haven’t heard a few on the list — you’re almost certainly not going to like Old Sock. It’s a calm, breezy affair that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which means it has its charm, but it still isn’t a very compelling listen.

Good
  • Easily the lightest album Clapton has made in years
  • Excellent production; extremely technically proficient, as well
Bad
  • Not much here is very exciting -- Old Sock has an old-fashioned slant that's more boring than endearing
  • Too relaxed; it's bound to put some listeners to sleep
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