With just a quartet of musicians accompanying her own peerless guitar and equally immaculate vocals, the great Bonnie Raitt made one of the finest records of her remarkable career.
Produced with plenty of immediacy and very few frills, with far less of the gloss that slightly mars some of her later recordings, this is simply a rock album on which the lady sounds like she`s having the time of her life. For example, listen to the fast `n furious Me And The Boys, a tremendous track that I didn`t want to end. The whole album sounds like five musicians - including keyboardist Ian McLagan of the Faces - rocking out and playing the music they love. Ricky Fataar`s urgent, upfront drumming deserves a mention too.
There`s just something so damn likeable about Bonnie Raitt. She`s sassy, raunchy as hell, she never shrieks or caterwauls (unlike so many singers who`ve made it bigger than she ever will) and she chooses great songs to sing. And can she sing! She`s never made a bad record, despite one or two in recent years being below par or suffering from slick over-production.
This is one hell of a ride, marrying Bonnie`s penchant for blues, soul and rock in equal measure. Her more laid-back rootsier albums such as her debut are essential Bonnie, but this is most definitely one of her very best. Listening to it (as I am now) makes me wish she`d get together sometime with the great Paul Rodgers on at least one song; their voices would suit each other down to the ground.
I love Bonnie Raitt, and discovering her albums has been one of the musical joys of my life.
Wonderful, thrilling rock music from one of the best!