I quite like your constructive honesty, but I have to disagree. This album is very good, and feels like a polished version of 70s style music he's done before. Almost as if he's gone the production way of B.B.King, which isn't something his albums normally sound like. The Clapton/Winwood album/DVD is definitely well worth a purchase, but I feel you need to appreciate these two things in almost entirely different ways.
Anyway, it's nice to see a constructive dislike of an Eric Clapton album for a change, I was starting to think there were only people that rant left out there! Oh, one other thing, I missed the opportunity to buy the limited edition album, but the official site lists Amazon as a stockist of this album that has extras with it, but I can't see anything here? Is it now the case that a UK born artist is now only doing offers in the US? On a slight tangent, I really REALLY wish he would do a Crossroads style tour in the UK. I would kill to see the line-up that show had, but getting there was impossible for me :(