Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream (Proper)

 |   |  <1 min read

Bonnie Raitt: You Can't Fail Me
Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream (Proper)

Everyone's favourite slide-playing redhead hasn't had an album since 2005, but from the opener here – a restlessly funky dump on proud snobs who Used to Rule the World – show she's wasting no time staking her claim again.

Produced in part by Joe Henry – whose co-write with Loudon Wainwright You Can't Fail Me Now sounds tailor-made and a yearning partner to her wonderful I Can't Make You Love Me from two decades ago – and with a cracking band, Raitt jumps easily from searing blues (Down to You, Ain't Gonna Let You Go) to cooking rock (Split Decision), from Gerry Rafferty's Right Down the Line (given a reggae blues-rock feel) to deeply understood ballads (guitarist Al Anderson and Bonnie Bishop's song of loss and regret Not Cause I Wanted To).

Marriage Made in Hollywood about a famous OD victim is sassy, pointed and sadly true at the same time (“we all love tragedy . . all you need to be a star is die in public view”), but she really gets under the skin of two Dylan songs from his Time Out of Mind album; Million Miles (bluesy and hurt) and Standing in the Doorway (spacious, stately, accepting the loss of love but full of need).

She's been a long time gone, but she's back.

Want to read an extensive archival interview with Bonnie Raitt? Then go here.

Share It

Your Comments

buck nelson - Apr 17, 2012

Nice work! I love it when my eyes and ears smile. I photograph a lot of blues, appreciate people that appreciate, if I have any images you'd be able to use let me know. blessens in blues buck

Clive - May 30, 2012

One of her best CDS yet.Blues ,funk .roots and soul.She gets better and better with age,not sure I am and we are both the same age .You need this one in your collection along with some of her best mates music of Rory Block and Maria Muldaur

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Jeff Beck: Rock'n'Roll Party (ATCO)

Jeff Beck: Rock'n'Roll Party (ATCO)

Even those who have been his most ardent champions concede that guitarist Jeff Beck has always taken his own wayward path, often following a great album with an indifferent one. He may lack... > Read more

Jake Shimabukuro: Gently Weeps (Hitchhike)

Jake Shimabukuro: Gently Weeps (Hitchhike)

Shimabukuro is a young Hawaiian ukulele player who is wowing people across the globe with his dexterity and style. The New Yorker called him "a phenomenon", the San Diego... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Lou Reed; Original Classic Album Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Lou Reed; Original Classic Album Series

Because Lou Reed's solo career after the Velvet Underground was so erratic, this Bargain Buy series (five albums for $20) really is the way to go: at worst you'll get a classic album, something... > Read more

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Little Eva

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Little Eva

As the large drops of intermittent rain turned to persistent drizzle, people on the streets hurried to find shelter, but in this city of the dead there was very little. People disappeared into... > Read more