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No surprises - but surprisingly good!,
This review is from: The Road to Escondido (Audio CD)
When I heard the first track 'Danger' I began to wonder if I'd made a mistake with this CD, but the following track was good and 'Missing person' was even better (complete with a Derek Trucks slide solo.) I'm not a huge J.J. Cale fan but the interplay between him and Eric is really good, with both swapping vocals and guitar fills- Clapton sounds more grounded and Cale doesn't sound quite as laid back as normal, thanks partly to Eric's (and Derek's) guitar solos. There is also a nice version of the old Brownie McGee song 'Sportin' life blues'.
Although there are no big surprises here - they do pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a Cale/Clapton colaboration - what is surprising is the variety of different sounds, each track has a slightly different guitar sound or band line-up - harp on '3 little girls', fiddle on 'Dead end road'. The band sounds great throughout, (like many of Clapton's recent albums this is very much an ensemble project there are are no long guitar solos) and both men sound as though they are really enjoying themselves.
When I reached the end I immediately went back to listen to the start again ('Danger' souded better second time round) and I think this CD is going to stay in the player for quite a few weeks. For me this joint CD is much better than both their recent solo efforts and was a lot better than I expected.