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Are you ready for Bonnie Raitt?
on 20 October 2008
This was supposedly Bonnie's comeback record after she had been dropped by Warners in the mid-80s, along with similar artists such as Van Morrison. Don Was was brought in as producer and the resulting record was a return to the format of her best Warner's albums, ie a mixture of blues, ballads, folk and rock. Despite good critical response her previous records had never really sold well but 'Nick of Time got great reviews, won Grammies AND sold millions. I think it deserved to (but then again I think many of her previous albums should have) it sounds great, it has some good, commercial songs and Bonnie and her fabulous voice are the centre of everything.
She rocks out on tracks like John Hiatt's wonderful "Thing Called Love", "Real Man" and "I Will Not Be Denied" and also her own uptempo blues "The Road Is My Middle Name". For me it's the ballads that again are the standout tracks - "Cry On My Shoulder" and "Too Soon To Tell" and especially the marvellous "Nobody's Girl". There are also some nice mid-tempo commercial numbers like "Love Letter" and "Have a Heart". Bonnie also shows her versatility with the jazz-leaning "I ain't gonna let you break my heart again" (with Herbie Hancock on piano) but personally this isn't one of my favourite tracks.
Full marks to Don Was for achieving what a succession of produces before him couldn't do in giving Bonnie a best-selling album. I just hope Capital is aware what a wonderful artist they have in Bonnie Raitt.