Silver Lining

The ever dependable Bonnie Raitt delivers another fine disc—her 16th—by returning to the production team responsible for her previous outing, 1998's Fundamental.

The ever dependable Bonnie Raitt delivers another fine disc—her 16th—by returning to the production team responsible for her previous outing, 1998's Fundamental. The set opens with the New Orleans-flavored "Fool's Game" and is followed by lead single "I Can't Help You Now," which is a pop gem by the songwriting team (Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick) responsible for Eric Clapton's "Change the World." Like Clapton, veteran Raitt deftly remains relevant in today's youth-centric contemporary pop scene. Exceptional material throughout, highlights include the David Gray-penned title track, Zimbabwe star Oliver Mtukudzi's "Hear Me Lord" (with blazing guitar work from Andy Abad), and "Back Around," co-written by the artist and Mali's Habib Koite. Raitt's eternal vocal effervescence and enthusiasm continue to amaze and astound.—JB