Sound — 10
Let me start by saying that as a guitar player, Eric Clapton is a huge influence (actually got me started on guitar, used to play drums). This album is refreshing in that it is very Clapton-esque in sound and "color." From reggae to rock, ballad to blues, he covers a good musical range, and that in itself is worth mentioning. Although better known for his blues and rock music, this is definitely an album worth listening. Since Revolution came out a few weeks back on the radio, it got me expecting this album almost as much as From The Cradle.
Lyrics — 10
Great lyrics throughout the album, it gives an idea of what Eric is going through at this moment in his life, and he seems to be having a blast. As usual, although he himself thinks of his vocal abilities as: "When I hear myself at times, I sound like a 14 year old choir boy!" Let me say, he still has a great voice for Rock, blues, ballads or just about any other style he'd like to sing.
Overall Impression — 10
This album, aside from the 2 reggae songs, is reminiscent of the Pilgrim/Reptile period, and does expand a different sound for Eric, other than his blues/rock. It's hard to pick out one particular song from the album, but Run Back To Me has someting for everyone: vocally a notch above the other tracks, great lyrics, haunting guitar filling in (with a nice solo), superb melody. All in all I give this album 5 out of 5. If the album were lost/stolen, I'd definitely buy it again! Well worth the investment, and if you're new to Clapton, it will give you a good starting point!