Shadows in the Air

JACK BRUCE: Shadows in the Air (Sanctuary) Jack Bruce is probably best known to most people as the bassist/vocalist for Cream. Songs like "White Room," and "Sunshine of Your Love" have been staples on classic rock station since the format came into existence. While his fretless bass work has always been outstanding, vocals have never been one of his greater talents. Well, as he's gotten older, his vocal abilities haven't gotten any better. If anything, they're worse.

In case you haven't already heard, the big draw on Shadows in the Air is the reunion with ex-Cream bandmate Eric Clapton on the two songs mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, this is a classic case where something looks good on paper, but it's another story when you actually listen to it. "Sunshine of Your Love" has an almost samba feel to it, and "White Room" isn't any better. Clapton's guitar work is up to his usual standard, but neither of these tracks are anything you'll want to listen more than once. This CD is sure to trigger the curiosity of Cream and/or Eric Clapton fans, but that's about it.

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