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music reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Fundamental

Artist: Bonnie Raitt
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: April 1998

Review by LarryG
2½ stars out of 4

Bonnie sings in the opening track about wanting to go back to the fundamental things. It's a good idea. Her records since her commercial breakthrough, Nick of Time, have gotten a little too slick. She picked the righ producer, Mitchell Froom. Froom has had great success roughing up records with a gritty, percussive sound, most notably of Los Lobos' Kiko. Raitt's love of the blues and Froom's rough edge fit together brilliantly on Raitt's version of Willie Dixon's Spit Of Love. John Hiatt's Thing Called Love was largely responsible for Raitt's comeback. Here, Raitt does an even better improvement of Hiatt's Lovers Will, a haunting tale of the damage lovers do, which has the brilliant simplicity of Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me. At other times, like the glib Blue For No Reason, Raitt's taste for the mainstream and lesser song selection makes the record less interesting. But generally, the tension between the sensibilities of two musical talents makes for compelling listening.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"Give Raitt points: Even she knew she was in a rut. On her first new album in five years, she's recruited avant-mainstream producers Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake, and together they've concocted music that's sparer and tauter than the smooth grooves of her last few discs..."  Rating: B Entertainment Weekly 4/10/98, p.66



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