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Silver Lining

Silver Lining

4.3 8
by Bonnie Raitt
One of rock's true originals, Bonnie Raitt enjoys a rare place in pop music -- a tried-and-true craftsman who's also a restless explorer. Luckier still, Raitt's solid charisma transmits her joy -- in both the old and the new -- straight to her fans' hearts. Silver Lining is peppered with the sinewy nuggets of funky blues-rock that have been the bedrock of Raitt


One of rock's true originals, Bonnie Raitt enjoys a rare place in pop music -- a tried-and-true craftsman who's also a restless explorer. Luckier still, Raitt's solid charisma transmits her joy -- in both the old and the new -- straight to her fans' hearts. Silver Lining is peppered with the sinewy nuggets of funky blues-rock that have been the bedrock of Raitt's sound for three decades now. She gets down-and-dirty on the playfully lusty "Gnawin' on It," on which her own slide guitar prowess is echoed by that of bluesman Roy Rogers, and works up quite a sweat on "Monkey Business," which pits her string-slinging against a background of gritty keyboard melody. But in keeping with her mercurial nature, Raitt sets off for territory she's never explored before -- namely a handful of African-tinged tunes that feature some of that continent's modern masters. The spry "Hear Me, Lord" brings Zimbabwean world-beat master Oliver Mtukudzi into the mix, while Mali-bred guitarist Habib Koite explores the ancestral well that spawned the blues on the complex, invigorating "Back Around." The disc has its mellower moments as well, notably a captivating version of the David Gray song that serves as the title track and the achingly pretty ballad "Wherever You May Be." A glittering collection, with nary a cloud in sight.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
With her road band laying the groundwork and with production responsibilities reverted primarily to her own hands, Raitt delivers varied and vivid performances throughout Silver Lining. Jon Cleary, an addition to the lineup, plays the pivotal role; his piano drives the steaming New Orleans groove on "Fool's Game," the posturing street funk of "Monkey Business," and the dusty blues tread on the acoustic-textured "No Gettin' Over You." The material, culled from American and African songwriters, along with a few Raitt originals, lends itself more to vocal interpretation than to straight-ahead blowing. Raitt's singing has never been more finely tuned, especially on the introspective title cut and on the final track, "Wounded Heart," a breathtaking duet recorded in one take with keyboardist Benmont Tench; after nailing it, Raitt reportedly fled the studio, moved to tears; any second attempt proved both undoable and unnecessary. On these performances Raitt exceeds her own standards for interpreting a lyric without compromise to her full-throated timbre. To balance these reflective moments, there are plenty of hotter ones; these also focus on the vocal, but with some exceptional guitar accompaniment as well, including Steve Cropper's licks on the low-key, Memphis-flavored "Time of Our Lives" and the greasy rhythms that push the band throughout "Gnawin' on It." Incendiary slide guitar work heats up parts of that track and several others, with another slide legend, Roy Rogers, joining in on the lascivious "Gnawin' on It." Still, Silver Lining is ultimately a showcase for exceptional singing and riveting backup work. It is also a likely milestone in Raitt's ongoing transition from blues guitar whiz to an artist of wider focus. The fires of her youth still blaze, though now they illuminate a more complex weave of techniques and a much greater depth of emotion.
Rolling Stone - Holly George-Warren
1/2... "Throughout all the various textures, Raitt puts for the her signature soulful vocal delivery and gutsy bottleneck chops, once again proving herself the queen of the Americana road."
Billboard - Jim Bessman
Raitt's eternal vocal effervescence and enthusiasm continue to amaze and astound.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Alex Acuña   Conga,talking drum
Benmont Tench   Piano
Steve Berlin   Baritone Saxophone
Jon Cleary   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Wurlitzer
John Cregar   Drums
Kélétigui Diabaté   Balafon
Ricky Fataar   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Bernard Fowler   Background Vocals
Freebo   Tuba
Mitchell Froom   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Wurlitzer,Marxophone,Reed Organ
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass,Acoustic Bass
George Marinelli   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Paterno   Overdubs
Steve Raitt   Background Vocals
Tommy Sims   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Pete Thomas   Percussion
Fred White   Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Roy Rogers   Slide Guitar
Gary Gold   Drum Loop
Habib Koité   Gut String Guitar
Andrew Scheps   Drum Loop
Steve Nider   Keyboards
Andy Abad   Guitar
Craig Conrad   Overdubs
Mike Dean   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Organ Arrangement
Tchad Blake   Producer,Engineer
Jon Cleary   Duet
Tom Corwin   Pre-production Assistant
Mitchell Froom   Producer
John Paterno   Engineer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Jacqui Blake   Pro-Tools

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Silver Lining 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the Best of Bonnie Raitt with both her old 70's styles and her more recent star power united together to form one bad, collection of tunes. Bonnie really has out done herself on this one. High- lights are everywhere from the knock you out, in your face vocals to the amazing slide and african guitar textures. Great songs from R&B, soul, pop, rock,and FUNK! not to mention blues mama(yeh she still has it baby!) and some beautiful ballards. Don't miss this one! My favorites ''Gnawin on it'', ''Silver Lining'', ''Wherever you may be'', ''Back around'', actually their all graitt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall I would call this Bonnie's best body of work so far. She has mixed her styles here very well, mixing grit, with polished tunes such as Wounded Heart. Allowing her to stay true to her form, while reaching out to her mainstream listeners. Art is art, but you do have to pay your bills, something which those inept critic's seem to overlook. This would be a great gift for the first time Bonnie Raitt listener.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As A big Raitt fan I as fairly disappointed with this release. Not that it is bad but I thought it would be better. I can easily named better past releases. she needs to go back more to the blues feel instead of this cheesy pop/rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I opened up Bonnie's 16th release after retrieving it from my mailbox, I suddenly realized I was more excited about getting this CD than I was a few weeks ago when my tax refund came in the mail! If you can relate to that kind of obsession with Raitt's music, then you are going to love this CD. Produced by Tchad Blake and Mitchell Froom, who also produced 1998's Fundamental'', this CD takes you through many different styles of music and moods, which is something I have always loved about Bonnie's albums. If you are looking for a traditional blues album, then this CD might not be for you, but if you enjoy many different styles of blues mixed with sounds of the Big Easy, Funk, a little Caribbean tossed in for good measure, then hop on board and hang on baby! Of course Bonnie's wicked slide guitar is always on the menu. The interesting mix of song styles is attributed to the 15 guest artists and 5 guest vocalists who grace this release, in addition to her ''house band'' consisting of Hutch ''The Touch'' Hutchinson on bass, Ricky Fataar on drums, George Marinelli on guitar and the most recent addition of Jon Cleary on keyboards. I saw Jon with Bonnie's band back in September at the Puyallup Fair show and was impressed with his playing ability, which captured some of the early Littlefeat style of Billy Payne. Bonnie wrote or co-wrote 3 of the 12 songs on Silver Lining. The title track is a David Grey song, which is also on his 1999 release White Ladder. The CD jumps in headfirst with Track one - Fools Game, which has that Big Easy, Littlefeat groove to it. Track 10 - No Getting Over You, also continues the feel, with Bonnie and her incredible custom National Slide Guitar. Track 3 - I Can't Help You Now was the first single released prior to the albums release date and is getting a lot of airplay locally. Bluesman Roy Rogers co-wrote and plays slide on Track 5 - Gnawin' on it, which is a nasty, hot blues number. With lyrics like - ''I got to get off early, I just got to get you home, Gonna show you, little woman, why a dog loves a bone'', Bonnie is indeed in her element, and loving every minute of it. Other notable songs are the Motown-inspired Time of Our Lives (Track 4), and Monkey Business, (Track 6), written by Keyboardist Jon Cleary. This one lays down the funk the way only Bonnie can do it. Then Bonnie takes you through two gospel-inspired numbers, Valley of Pain and Hear Me Lord. Habib Koite and Bamada lend some very interesting sounds to the acoustic mix of Back Around (Track 11). This is one of those releases that will quickly become a favorite. It is very obvious that Bonnie had a lot of fun putting this one out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've listened to this set for almost two years now and I still feel its one of Bonnie's best. Shes mixes this collection with great songs, great style selection and that one of a kind voice. There just ain't many left out in the music business that continue to improve and still seek out inspiration from around the world. Such a well rounded set from beginning to end "SILVER LINING" displays the many sides of what her true fans have grown up to love about Bonnie and her musical vision. Rock, Pop, Funk, R&B, BLUES all thrown together creating musical excellence. My favorite is still last years Grammy nomminated female rockin blues chestnut "Gnawin on it",(with a duel slide by the great Roy Rogers. With such strong cuts as the title "Silver Lining", "No gettin over you", "Whereever you may be", "I can't help you now", the funky, funky "Monkey Business", this years Grammy nomminated rock vocal "Time of our lives", the African textures of "Back Around" and "Hear me lord" and the heartfelt ballad closer "Wounded Heart" Bonnie continues to explore the heart and soul of lifes journeys and kicks some butt, just because shes so good at it! She's continues to be just the coolest babe at any age still touring around the world for the love of it. Bonnie found a way to take some of the best styles of her past and put a nice modern sheen on it and its one of her best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a testament to the versatility of BR and her band as well as their ability to still crank out raw blues tunes. The title track is moving and subdued while the routy ''Gnawin' on it'' makes it clear that Bonnie is plenty young enough to let things get frisky. In other songs, she collaborates with international artists to add a cosmopolitan flavor to her distinct style. She just played here in Minneapolis a week ago, and she was as great as ever. If you love Bonnie or the blues, get this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this new release of Bonnie's. I missed the past funky R&B feel she had with most of her other albums. This one felt like it consisted of a few tunes she used as 'fill' to complete the CD. I still like the CD, but was disappointed that she didn't have more of her bluesy tunes similar to the past. If I wasn't a Raitt fan, and I'd heard it previously before purchasing, I'd probably let this one go by...Bonnie would be awesome if she did a purely gospel CD in the future. She's got the voice for it and she could certainly get you jumping out of your seat with that voice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw Bonnie in the 70's in Nashville. She couldn't have been more misunderstood or out of her element, nor could she have been more gracious and hard working for the small crowd. I fell in love with her attitude then, and I love it even more on her new release. It takes talent to be a great interpreter of such diverse material, but more than that, it takes guts and a sound belief in what you do to step out on the edge from time to time, and spit in the wind. There is no doubt Bonnie was born at night...and it wasn't last night. This voice has native greatness, but there is nothing like the fumes of a road bus to tweak your chops. Fabulous stuff Red!