hey dawg- I've only had it a few days, but first off I'd say, if you're not a JJ Cale fan, you're probably not going to take to most of the album. With that said- I like it, it's a low key, feel good, easy listening kind of CD with a strong JJ Cale feel, but not too country, which is exactly what Clapton wanted to accomplish. (a hybrid as he says). In addition to the songs you mentioned I like Sporting Life Blues by Brownie McGhee, Don't Cry Sister and Last Will and Testament...nice guitar music with easy to understand lyrics that relate to everyday life and I do enjoy hearing Billy Preston's last efforts on this CD, even though it's sad he's passed on.
In contrast to your John Mayer comment, I don't think Mayer's contribution is a down side and you're right about the one track not being that bad. I think "Hard To Thrill" is an exceptional song and speaks volumes... listen to those lyrics..."Hard to Thrill, Nothing really moves me anymore, There's Nothing you can show me, That I haven't seen before". To me it says, been there, done that...don't have to prove anything to anyone...I'm happy in my own skin and I love my "Three Little Girls"!!!! Clapton has the most versatile music catalog of anyone I follow and I have my preferences, like many Clapton fans. Clapton's lived a fascinating and complex life, reluctantly been coined the ultimate guitar god, long ago proved the wicked guitar skills, has pleasured over a thousand different women... the man is most content at this point in his life...To me, those two songs explain the "place" Eric Clapton finds himself in today after almost 50 years of playing guitar; happy and in love with life's simple pleasures of his music and a wonderful family! IMHO
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