Return to Clapton

I recently drew out the 1998 Eric Clapton album “Pilgrim.” For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is the album that contains “My Father’s Eyes.”

Sometimes I get caught up in finding new music, new sounds, new trends and returning to one of the greats was just what I needed. The entire album has such soulfully infused blues with pop-driven overtones. The widely popular “My Father’s Eyes” is just the tip of the iceberg for the album. Nasty rock-blues tracks like “She’s Gone” put Eric’s versatility on display, while he concurrently demonstrates the other side of his spectrum with the acoustic driven “Needs His Woman.”

The album has a different feel in comparison with most all of Clapton’s other albums in that it has much more of a polished and groove-based production feel to it than the others. This feel is apt for the period in music and is a perfect blend of the seasoned veteran’s skill and the trends of the day in pop music.

In particular, the song “One Chance” seemed to hit me square in the chest. Its ominously building bassline and nasty guitar licks forming the foundation for Eric’s emotionally tinged vocals and choral additives create a masterpiece.

Another song that holds the same groove-oriented pervasiveness as “One Chance” that captivated much of my attention upon my recent listening sessions is a track called “Goin Down Slow.” The track has the timeless emotive vocals of Eric’s bluesy past and lyrical tendencies, but also contains the powerful R&B groove that carries the song forward every measure, not to mention Clapton’s ever-present and out-of-this-world guitar playing.

Where Clapton comes up with his genius, I have no idea, but it is a constant reminder that some of us were born with purpose – he found his. There is always something to say about greatest and its relation to timeless ness. Eric will always be brilliant and one of the greatest musicians of all time.

Do yourself a favor, have a sit down with the album again.


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