MUSIC: Not Dinosaurs-- Giants

Superlative albums by Neil Young and Eric Clapton reveal two rock stalwarts who continue to renew and deepen their work

This is sweet. It shouldn't be, probably wasn't meant to be, but still is. Sweet to see two rock-'n'-roll stalwarts, still formidable, bearing down hard, unmindful of age or fashion, getting back to basics with a worldly vengeance. For Neil Young that means the kind of raw, saber-toothed rock that has always lurked on the flip side of his folkie heart. For Eric Clapton it amounts to a return to the blues. But there are no elder statesmen to be heard on Young's new album, Sleeps with Angels, or on Clapton's From the Cradle. These are two paragons, playing and singing...

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