Album review: Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

By Tony Nielsen

Bonnie Raitt delivers best with slow or medium tempo songs and shuffle beat blues, and there are some tasty examples here.

Not one to pen her own music, Raitt has dipped into Bob Dylan's songbook, a couple of songs from the Bramletts plus a mixture of other writers, including the late Gerry Rafferty.

Once again, Raitt proves that there are few singers who can match her interpretations of both familiar and lesser known material. It took Raitt 20 years to break through and achieve commercial success with 1989's Nick of Time. Since then she's been in and out of commercial and Grammy success and this album is likely to continue delivering a similar story.

Her version of Rafferty's Right Down the Line really hits the mark, but it's the more personal-sounding blues shuffles and ballads that do it for me, such as her take on Dylan's Million Miles, which features one of her own slide guitar solos. Or the acoustic guitar-led Take My Love With You, which finds Raitt in a more ballady introspective mood, followed by an equally compelling delivery on guitarist Al Anderson's Not Cause I Wanted To.

Bonnie Raitt


Rating: 3 /5 stars

- Hamilton News

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