Slipstream

Slipstream

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by Bonnie Raitt
     
 

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Slipstream provides ample proof of just how much fans have missed Bonnie Raitt since 2005's Souls Alike. The album was recorded over a period of a year at Ocean Way in Hollywood and at Joe Henry's Garfield House. The four tracks cut at Henry's studio in 2010 and 2011 include two of his own songs, and two covers of Bob DylanSee more details below

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Slipstream provides ample proof of just how much fans have missed Bonnie Raitt since 2005's Souls Alike. The album was recorded over a period of a year at Ocean Way in Hollywood and at Joe Henry's Garfield House. The four tracks cut at Henry's studio in 2010 and 2011 include two of his own songs, and two covers of Bob Dylan tunes ("Million Miles" and "Standing in the Doorway") from the latter's Time Out of Mind. Raitt's voice has never sounded better. She's expanded her lower range with an expressiveness that is soulful, rich, and rings emotionally true -- though she's sacrificed none of her higher register. Her voice can command and reveal a devastating tenderness. Guest Bill Frisell appears on three tunes here. He's on both Dylan tunes and his lyrical, lovely touch is also heard on her definitive reading of the Henry/Loudon Wainwright III tune "You Can't Fail Me Now." On "Million Miles," the interplay between Frisell's signature tone and Raitt's nasty electric slide work is symbiotic. On the latter, Raitt's voice sounds like it's inside the human heart at its most open and willfully defenseless vulnerability. It reminds us of what made her readings of "Love Has No Pride" and "I Can't Make You Love Me" so important. Henry's stable of players -- Patrick Warren, Jay Bellerose, and Greg Leisz -- are all in tow; they provide the slow, warm spaciousness that's now de rigueur in his work with other artists (he reserves his adventurousness for his own records). Raitt says she'll release the complete Garfield House sessions in the future. She produced the rest, offering solid proof of what her live band -- guitarist George Marinelli, drummer Ricky Fataar, keyboardist Mike Finnigan, and bassist James Hutchinson -- is capable of in the studio. The energy is kinetic, immediate, and deep in the rhythmic cut. Her reading of Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down the Line," with its reggae backbeat, rocksteady bassline, funky clavinet, and the interplay between Raitt and Marinelli, adds dimension and texture to the original -- which is just what covers are supposed to do. "Down to You," written by Marinelli, Raitt, and Randall Bramblett, has the feel of Little Feat's "Easy to Slip" but is more urgent and punchy. On another ballad, Al Anderson and Bonnie Bishop's "Not Cause I Wanted To," Raitt expresses her accountability in a relationship's failure with total openness and courage. "Ain't Gonna Let You Go," by Anderson and Bonnie Bramlett, is a lusty, crunchy, uptempo blues driven by Finnigan's B-3 and Wurlitzer, and Raitt's wrangling slide and take-no-prisoners vocal. Though very different from one another, Slipstream's two production styles complement one another well. That said, Raitt's road band is so seasoned and instinctive, it would be interesting to hear her record them live in the studio as she did players on her earliest records -- but that's a wish, not a criticism. There are a few lesser moments, but they don't distract; Slipstream reveals Raitt at another creative peak.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
Label:
Redwing Records
UPC:
0858362003012
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
620

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Mike Finnigan   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Luis Conte   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Ricky Fataar   Drums,Tambourine,Timbales
Bill Frisell   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass,Upright Bass
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
George Marinelli   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
David Piltch   Upright Bass
Johnny Lee Schell   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Maia Sharp   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Patrick Warren   Piano,Keyboards,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Paul Brady   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Composer
Anderson   Composer
Paul Brady   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Gerry Rafferty   Composer
Bonnie Raitt   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Joe Henry   Composer,Producer
Scott Baggett   overdub engineer
Randall Bramblett   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
George Marinelli   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Kelly Price   Composer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Anderson   Composer
Bonnie Bishop   Composer
Kathy Kane   Management
Annie Heller Gutwillig   Management
Chloe Monahan   Management
Paul Brady   Composer
Michael O'Keefe   Composer
Joseph Lee Henry   Composer
Chris Soule   Photo Assistance
Omar Gaieck   Photo Assistance
Mark Skerrett   Management

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