No use reaching back to compare Bonnie Raitt’s latest “Slipstream” because according to the sticker on the cellophane, it’s been 7 years since her last studio album. I checked to discover that she is touring this summer to promote this, her latest 2012 release. I think these 12 songs will make for a fan-friendly live presentation. White blues singer guitarists are not in short supply, but good ones are. I always thought Bonnie was one of the better ones. Still do.
The reasons I like this album form a short list.
1] A great mix of slow and upbeat material without ever being overpowering. Slide guitar work can grate sometimes on my poor old ears. No worries here - it's all very tasty with an acoustically pleasing blend IMO.
2] Bonnie’s vocals dominate and work by others seems properly subordinated, even restrained at times.
3] Standout tracks IMO - Standing in the Doorway by Bob Dylan
- Ain’t Gonna Let You Go by Al Anderson and Bonnie Bramlett
Plus the Reggae track - Right Down the Line by Gerry Rafferty (remember Baker Street)
A couple of Bonnie Raitt facts:
- has 9 Grammies,
- this album is recorded on her own label, Redwing Records
- Bonnie Raitt produced this album though a couple of tracks were produced by Joe Henry