Reptile - Eric Clapton
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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. 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.
  4. But at heart, Reptile is yet another version of the tepid corporate rock records Clapton's been making ever since 1974's bestselling 461 Ocean Boulevard.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. With guitars down in the mix (when they aren't unplugged altogether), Clapton's ever-evolving voice is the real centerpiece.
  9. A smooth and engaging affair, with consistently strong singing and playing from Clapton.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. peters
    Oct 14, 2006
    8
    A bit slick, but that's Clapton since 30 years. Makes me want to play guitar myself again, which should be a plus!
  2. theresao
    May 6, 2005
    10
    best of the recent albums.
  3. terrib
    Apr 30, 2005
    10
    Very well done, as all others.