Music: A Bad Case of the Aquas

Guitar great Eric Clapton's new blues-tinged pop album plays safe when it should play rough

Four years ago, Eric Clapton played a benefit concert in New York City. It was a special performance, a homage to blues legends, and the songs on his playlist were by the likes of Elmore James and Willie Dixon. This annoyed at least a few audience members, who were expecting Clapton to trot out his hits. "Play some rock 'n' roll!" one man shouted. A couple of other people in the crowd got their coats and left early. They missed a great show. Buoyed by the blues, Clapton played with impressive confidence and sounded sturdier than he had in years.

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