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  • Summary: The guitarist's first album of original material in four years includes collaborations with John Mayer, Steve Winwood and Billy Preston.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Clapton's vocals here extend the feeling of renewed energy and direction he revealed on the Robert Johnson album, exhibiting gospel fervor and silky soulfulness throughout. [4 Sep 2005]
  2. A couple of indiscretions taint the disc, but hey, nobody's perfect.
  3. 60
    Clapton's playing is still fluid. [Oct 2005, p.98]
  4. [An] overblown and underwhelming batch of MOR gruel. [2 Sep 2005, p.81]
  5. Yet heartfelt as his sentiments may be, the songs are a letdown: there's neither angst nor exaltation, just tidiness. [29 Aug 2005]
  6. Heartfelt? Yes. But who would have ever thought Eric Clapton's music could become so disposable?
  7. Back Home embodies the featureless, sickeningly pleasant sounds piped unmercifully into department-store elevators. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.121]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Sadie
    Sep 9, 2005
    10
    I love it. His voice just keeps getting better. Love the guitar too. Songs are heartfelt, personal and joyful. I do care and am pleased that I love it. His voice just keeps getting better. Love the guitar too. Songs are heartfelt, personal and joyful. I do care and am pleased that he chose to share this personal family album, in music and pictures, with us. His wife and children are beautiful. Bravo, Eric! Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 6, 2005
    10
    sweet
  3. jt
    Sep 7, 2005
    10
    Loved it! Beautiful!
  4. ScottF
    Sep 19, 2005
    3
    Clapton has shown in his Robert Johnson efforts that his guitar play and voice are still up there with the best. However when listening to Clapton has shown in his Robert Johnson efforts that his guitar play and voice are still up there with the best. However when listening to this album (which was started before Me and Mr Johnson), you realise that he didn't learn anything from the previous album. He has once again reverted to his cheezy, reggae, lyrically self-rooted Journeyman days from the late 80's. The only bright spots on this cringe-worthy album are the two songs penned by Claptons understudy, Doyle Bramhall II. Both 'Lost and Found' and 'Piece of My Heart' produce rare points of passion guitar play which are notably missing from this album. Come on Eric we know you can do better than this! Expand
  5. Ros
    Nov 12, 2005
    3
    Have loved Eric Claptons work for most of my life. Bought the CD, listened to it once and haven't took it out of its case since. Sorry Eric!
  6. MorganK
    Sep 4, 2005
    2
    Well - Clapton's sucked for all 25 of my years, and, guess what!, he still sucks. Is anyone surprised? Oh? You love Clapton and just Well - Clapton's sucked for all 25 of my years, and, guess what!, he still sucks. Is anyone surprised? Oh? You love Clapton and just discovered SRV last yhear? Yeah, that means your opinion is irrelevant!! bah! Expand
  7. wangl
    Sep 1, 2005
    0
    Clapton=Crap Tonne

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