Eric Clapton closed out the '80s with Journeyman, a familial, celebratory affair that reconciled his mega-successful brand of '80s rock with the rustic blues/soul/reggae stew that had defined his '70s work. “Bad Love” and “Pretending” extended Clapton’s uncanny knack for producing big hits for the MTV age. Although these tunes are as bold and as catchy as “In the Way That You Move Me” and “Forever Man,” they allow for more stylistic flair in the form of wah guitar and reggae cadences. Even as he taps into '80s bombast, Journeyman returns Clapton to the early blues and R&B forms that captured his imagination as a teenager. His versions of Ray Charles’ “Hard Times” and Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” sound like they were recorded live to tape in an open room, just as the originals were. While “Before You Accuse Me” and “Old Love” reassert Clapton’s love for grinding, gutsy blues in the style of B.B. King, the sublime “Lead Me On” invokes a gentler, more mystical pair of musical heroes: Jimi Hendrix and Al Green.