This is the so-called "comeback album" which hailed Eric Clapton's entry into the MTv age, circa 1985. While it certainly accomplished his goal, the overall album was a decidedly mixed bag, partially the fault of Clapton's label, Warner Brothers. After the disappointment of "Money & Cigarettes", Clapton turned to the then-red-hot Phil Collins to produce his next record. The finished product was sent to Warner Brothers and WB tinkered with it, insisting that EC add a few new Ted Templeman-produced tracks: "Forever Man", "Something's Happening", and "See What Love Can Do". These tunes were heavily promoted by WB and ended up being a big help to the album's success. However, this tinkering caused the album to have an uneven feel between the Templeman and Collins-produced tracks. Also evident is that the Clapton/Collins team were still searching for synergy. "Forever Man", one of the Templeman tunes, is easily the strongest tune on the album, containing one of the best intros on record. It spools up, then flies! It is worth buying this album just to get this tune. The best of the Collins tracks are "She's Waiting" & "Just like a Prisoner. Although both are examples of solid songwriting and performing, none of the tracks are particular standouts which would have produced a big hit, thus the reason WB felt compelled to intervene. On the down side "Never Make You Cry" & "Same Old Blues" went on way too long and started to drag, even though the latter was the closest EC came to a true blues tune. Despite its limitations, it is still a decent album, although the Collins/Clapton team would not gel until their next ablum, "August".
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