Reptile - Eric Clapton
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  • Summary: This new 14-track set from Eric Clapton features a mix of originals and covers (including songs by Stevie Wonder and James Taylor).
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. Reptile shows the guitar legend continuing to explore classic blues-derived sounds with palpable sincerity and conviction.
  2. 80
    As a slice of rootsy blues, it works nicely.
  3. A smooth and engaging affair, with consistently strong singing and playing from Clapton.
  4. Over the course of fourteen tracks, Clapton blends virtually every style he's worked in during the past thirty-five years. Whether it will strike your ears as something-for-everyone generosity or a patchy jumble probably depends on how much of a purist you are.
  5. It's that sense of doing just enough but no more that permeates this album, at times rendering it laid back to the point of disengaged.
  6. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with this album - just the airbrushed production of tracks like James Taylor's 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely' robs them of any true grit and soul they might have had. And that, in a nutshell, is the problem afflicting Clapton at the moment, making for yet another average album to add to the list.
  7. At its very best, "Superman Inside" for example, Reptile is as expressive as anything he did in the nineties. The other half of Reptile is a series of oddball genre digressions and cornball balladeering.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. theresao
    May 6, 2005
    best of the recent albums.
  2. FlorianD.
    Sep 24, 2001
    Great marvelous bravo Eric you always astonish me.
  3. terrib
    Apr 30, 2005
    Very well done, as all others.
  4. RonS.
    May 24, 2001
    Sticking to his roots once again and choosing songs that show his intergity to the styles that have carried him through joyful and hardtimes. This album is a masterpiece! Clapton's vocals are prime here. In concert he will shine. Expand
  5. peters
    Oct 14, 2006
    A bit slick, but that's Clapton since 30 years. Makes me want to play guitar myself again, which should be a plus!

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