With a career of more than half a century, legendary guitarist and three-time inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Eric Clapton gifts us with I Still Do. The 12 track album features wounded stories, a guitar bursting with life, an incognito in the vocals of one of the songs and a clear explanation to why he’s been listed as one of the most influential blues musicians of all time.
Listening to Clapton’s songs (Tears in Heaven is a clear example) is a heart-wrecking experience, for the man shares bits of his soul through them, the stories that have marked him and all the emotion that they carry. In this album, stories like such have been shared. “I’ll Be Seeing You,” the closing track, has tender lyricism that leaves a goodbye in your mouth for you to taste and a melancholic accordion as a companion for the strings.
But now, starting from the beginning, “Alabama Woman Blues” opens with Eric’s electric guitar, as a reminder that he still does, and does it remarkably well. The song is nothing ground breaking really, but good nevertheless, just as “Catch The Blues” and “Can’t Let You Do It” are because he is the one holding the guitar and the words are coming out of his mouth, telling the tales of rough times with the smoothness a man with his experience has.
But here is the one that’ll have you tearing up for the remembrance of old times,”I Will Be There.” You won’t know whose voice is the one you are tearing up to, next to Clapton’s, because for now, all we have is a surname for it. For now, it’ll remain as much of a mystery as the name suggests it is.
Covers featured in the album such as “Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day” and “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” are proof that music of the past is timeless and lives on thanks to being summoned after years of its release. If it is guitar what you are here for, just dive right in, and don’t let “Somebody’s Knockin” and “Spiral” go unnoticed.
The Review: 9/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Can’t Let You Do It
– Somebody’s Knockin
– I’ll Be Seeing Uou
– I Will Be There
The Big Hit
– I Will Be There
Review by Sofia Avila
Buy the album: Amazon