JJ Cale and Eric Clapton

When this album came out I am sure it evoked plenty of 'what took so long' reactions from Eric Clapton and JJ Cale fans. The two musicians' careers have been intertwined since JJ wrote "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" for Clapton. These two notoriously laid-back gentlemen continue that trend on this recording, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It's just their thing. They surround themselves by plenty of guest musicians, including John Mayer, but the star of the recording is definitely JJ Cale. He is cool and passionate at the same time. This is not to say that Clapton is disinterested, which he has been accused of plenty of times in the past, but he is seemingly content to stay somewhat in the background. The songs, which are largely written by Cale, themselves are a mixture of country, blues and rock. I do not think that it is overstating it to say that playing with Cale seems to have restoked Clapton's fire and is his best recording in years.

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