Its true, Eric Clapton's best performances are when he is singing and playing the blues. His cutting guitar licks and passionate vocals on previous releses like Disraeli Gears, Layla And Other Love Songs, and From The Cradle are certainly Great A performances.
However, Back Home, Eric's newest release evokes a different side of the man. The mood is a jovial one with some spunk and spirit thrown in for good measure. Some folks say that Eric's guitar is quite muffled. I partially disagree as such songs as One Day and Lost And Found feature some good guitar embelleshments. I appreciate several other tunes that show Eric in a happy go luck spirit.
Maybe this release is not quite Eric's best material, but I have to say that its nice to see a different tone to this true legend of contemporary music.
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Back Homeis Eric Clapton in a good mood, filled with upbeat toe-tappers about hearth and home (a young child even puts in a cameo on "So Tired"). Blues-rock ("Lost and Found"), reggae ("Revolution"), and R&B (the Spinners' "Love Don't Love Nobody") mingle comfortably with laid-back pop (George Harrison's "Love Comes to Everyone"). Recorded around the same time asMe and Mr. Johnson, his bestselling collection of Robert Johnson songs, Clapton's first recording of (mostly) original material since 2001'sReptileis a combination of solo compositions, covers, and collaborations with writing partner Simon Climie. Backing musicians include John Mayer (guitar), Blind Faith mate Steve Winwood (synthesizer), and longtime associate Billy Preston (keyboards), whose expertise with the Hammond B3 shines brightest on the Vince Gill cowritten "One Day". There are no real surprises onBack Home, just Clapton doing what he does best--with an extra spring in his step.--Kathleen C. Fennessy