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Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Proper)

Star rating: 
4

It's hard to believe that Bonnie Raitt has been making records for over forty years now and with the release of this her nineteenth album, it equates to one every couple of years on average. It's actually seven years since the last Raitt album SOULS ALIKE and on SLIPSTREAM the singer/guitarist returns to form with a dozen songs, some familiar, some not so. Produced by Joe Henry, the album features some tight arrangements of songs such as Gerry Rafferty's Right Down the Line, a couple of Dylan covers from the TIME OUT OF MIND period, Million Miles and Standing in the Doorway, both featuring Bill Frisell on guitar, together with just the one Raitt original, Down to You, co-written with guitarist George Marinelli. Produced by Raitt, with four tracks produced by Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Solomon Burke), the flame-haired Queen of the slide guitar rides on the slipstream of those who have gone before, making such songs as the Joe Henry/Loudon Wainwright III co-write You Can't Fail Me Now her very own. Not just a return to form, but a welcomed return to form from one of our most cherished female performers.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky