After (what in my personal opinion) I consider to be the two worst albums of his career, Behind the Sun and August, Clapton managed to finish the eighties with this excellent album that shows him right back on form.
It's an album of blues/rock in which Clapton sounds really interested and committed to the music, an attitude that was missing from his previous few releases. He mixes some great guitar work with some of his best vocals, at times sweet and yearning, at times gruff and world weary. Mixing up the tempo allows Clapton to show off his full range, and whereas on earlier records he concentrated on either Clapton the guitarist or Clapton the vocalist, here for the first time he finds a great balance between the two and finally shows himself to be the complete article. It was a commercial and critical success, picking up a few awards, and quite rightly so.