Me & Mr Johnson - Eric Clapton
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  • Summary: The guitarist pays homage to legendary bluesman Robert Johnson with these 14 covers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Clapton sounds reinvigorated in these 14 songs. [2 Apr 2004, p.65]
  2. The originals are still the best, but this is pretty fly for a white guy.
  3. 80
    He doesn't have that doomed, hellhound-on-my-trail intensity that makes Johnson's recordings so spooky. But, at 58, he sounds like a man who has faced down more than a few canine devils of his own. [Apr 2004, p.102]
  4. [He] attacks these songs with passion, intelligence, and a refreshing lack of blues-rock pretense.
  5. No matter the song, from the stumbling “Me And The Devil Blues” to the murmuring “Come On In My Kitchen,” Me And Mr. Johnson sounds rehearsed and controlled.
  6. 60
    His guitar reinvigorates age-old lines on neat and tidy arrangements, but he's even busier exploring the limited expressive range of his singing voice. [May 2004, p.119]
  7. Instead of the traditional bluesman, we're given the much less exciting elder statesman. Instead of worrying about his soul, his next drink, or his next lay, Clapton sounds like he's wondering if his Lexus is parked in an okay area.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. Aug 31, 2012
    10
    Largement sous-noté, cet album est un must si vous aimez le blues. Clapton rend hommage à son modèle Robert Johnson, laLargement sous-noté, cet album est un must si vous aimez le blues. Clapton rend hommage à son modèle Robert Johnson, la légende du blues. Eric Clapton nous démontre qu'il est aussi un God à la guitare accoustique. Remarquables interpretations de Me and the devil, Red hot, et tant d'autres Expand
  2. FranciscoH
    Apr 18, 2004
    10
    some of the versions are better than the original, for example If I had possession over Judgment Day
  3. DonS
    Jun 3, 2004
    2
    In a word: Disappointing. E.C. is an artist in his own right. But once again, as with his Muddy Waters numbers in "From the Cradle," his In a word: Disappointing. E.C. is an artist in his own right. But once again, as with his Muddy Waters numbers in "From the Cradle," his reverance for the original artist seems to leave his own creativity mute and for that the music suffers. Me & Mr Johnson might be fine as a museum recital. But Robert Johnson just isn't at home there. Hey E.C., how about doin' a bit of a boozer and trying these songs one more time! Expand
  4. JonH
    Jun 5, 2004
    2
    I'm so tired of these blues tributes that take out all the soul of the originals, pass on this.
  5. JohnA
    May 4, 2004
    1
    Yes he can play the guitar, so waht?. This should have been called 'Coma'. Eric please don't release another album, the music Yes he can play the guitar, so waht?. This should have been called 'Coma'. Eric please don't release another album, the music that you constantly make is irrelevant and as a 'star' you are totally unlovable. Expand
  6. TonyC
    Jun 2, 2004
    1
    Here comes Eric singing Mr Johnsons blues everyone, wow. I wonder what RJ would have thought about a middle aged white multi-millionaire Here comes Eric singing Mr Johnsons blues everyone, wow. I wonder what RJ would have thought about a middle aged white multi-millionaire called Eric playing his tunes all so very perfect and nice too? Perhaps the same thought as I, total kak. Inside Eric there is a poor black man from the American south trying to get out, how cultural and interesting, oh bless. Expand