Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); John Mayer (guitar); Robert Randolph (dobro); Isobelle Griffiths (strings); Annie Whitehead, Roddy Lorimer, Simon Clarke, Tim Sanders, Paul Spong (horns); Steve Winwood (synthesizer); Nathan East (bass guitar); Nicky "Misschief" Shaw (drums, percussion, drum programming); Abe Laboriel, Jr. , Abraham Laboriel, Sr. (drums); Michelle John (background vocals); Doyle Bramhall II, Andy Fairweather Low (guitar); Nick Ingman, Gavyn Wright (strings); Billy Preston (piano, keyboards); Simon Climie (keyboards, programming); Steve Gadd (drums); Sharon White, Lawrence Johnson (background vocals); Chris Stainton, Pino Palladino, Stephen Marley , Vince Gill, Toby Baker, Paul Fakhourie.
Audio Mixer: Mick Guzauski.
Ensemble: The Kick Horns.
Photographers: Chris Sykes; Allan Titmuss; Jill Furmanovsky.
Eric Clapton's first album of mostly original material since 2001, BACK HOME, as the title implies, finds the revered British guitarist/vocalist in a comfortable, confident setting. Here Clapton's signature blues-rock sound is the order of the day, as exemplified by the easy-going "Revolution," which riffs on the lyrics of the Beatles song of the same name, and conjures up the reggae-tinged vibe of EC's famous rendition of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff." Clapton's Beatles connection also pops up on a gentle cover of "Love Comes to Everyone" by his friend George Harrison. In addition to his longtime bandmates Doyle Bramhall II and Andy Fairweather Low (guitar), Nathan East (bass), and Steve Gadd (drums), who have an almost telepathic connection with Clapton, BACK HOME features contributions by John Mayer, Billy Preston, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, and Robert Randolph. However, these artists never distract from Clapton, who is clearly playing to the strengths of his more pop-oriented side.
Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Clapton's playing is still fluid, his vocals remain convincing, and the songs range from a smouldering semi-reggae groove on 'Revolution' to a growling slow blues..."