Everybody knows that Eric Clapton can do blues, but on Back Home—his first album of original material since 2001—Slowhand displays a sure hand with other forms of black music like R&B, reggae and even a bit of gospel. Clapton, who hit No. 1 in 1974 with his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," gets back in a reggae riddim with the first single "Revolution" (featuring Bob's son Stephen Marley on percussion). Elsewhere he revisits '70s R&B, putting his own twist on the Spinners' "Love Don't Love Nobody" and doing a nice turn on Syreeta's "I'm Going Left." And on tracks such as the Vince Gill-cowritten "One Day," he employs gospel-infused backup vocals, proving that soul knows no color.
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