(1998) Pilgrim

Eric Clapton

... read moreEric Clapton reached the peak of his popularity in the '90s, as the back-to-back number one albums Unplugged and From the Cradle combined for a total of over 13 million sales in the U.S. alone. One strange thing about Clapton's '90s success is that it relied almost entirely on covers and new...

01:15′:30″ 14 Songs

1
My Father's Eyes
Eric Clapton
5:23
2
River Of Tears
Eric Clapton
7:20
3
Pilgrim
Eric Clapton
5:50
4
Broken Hearted
Eric Clapton
7:52
5
One Chance
Eric Clapton
5:56
6
Circus
Eric Clapton
4:10
7
Going Down Slow
Eric Clapton
5:20
8
Fall Like Rain
Eric Clapton
3:50
9
Born In Time
Eric Clapton
4:42
10
Sick And Tired
Eric Clapton
5:42
11
Needs His Woman
Eric Clapton
3:45
12
She's Gone
Eric Clapton
4:44
13
You Were There
Eric Clapton
5:30
14
Inside Of Me
Eric Clapton
5:26
Released 09 March 1998, 1998 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

Review

Eric Clapton reached the peak of his popularity in the '90s, as the back-to-back number one albums Unplugged and From the Cradle combined for a total of over 13 million sales in the U.S. alone. One strange thing about Clapton's '90s success is that it relied almost entirely on covers and new versions of classic hits; he released no albums of new material between 1989's Journeyman and 1998's Pilgrim. In the decade between the two albums, he had two new hits -- his moving elegy to his deceased son, "Tears in Heaven," and the slick contemporary soul of the Babyface-written "Change the World" -- and Pilgrim tries to reach a middle ground between these two extremes, balancing tortured lyrics with smooth sonic surfaces. Working with producer Simon Climie, his collaborator on the TDF side project, Clapton has created a calm record. His singing is mannered, even on emotionally turbulent numbers like "My Father's Eyes" or "Circus," and he's content to take a back seat instrumentally, playing slight solos and fills. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine