More than three decades into a roller-coaster career that's seen her earn multiple Grammy Awards and rack up platinum discs -- and weather plenty of the hard times that are often reflected in her blues-soaked compositions -- Bonnie Raitt still has a few tricks up her sleeve. She pulls out a slew of 'em on this, her 18th studio album, which finds her in close collaboration with a host of fresh talent, in the person of performers and songwriters, that coaxes her away from her comfort zone. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Maia Sharp proves a particularly effective partner for Raitt, contributing several songs, notably the pulsing, angular "Crooked Crown" and the elegiac "I Don't Want Anything to Change." While there's little in the way of 12-bar guitar slinging in evidence on Souls Alike, Raitt seizes upon new sonic tools with her accustomed dexterity, working her smoky growl around the electronic loops of "Deep Water" with a marvelous, Memphis-like murkiness. That Delta city also plays heavily into the irresistible groove of "I Will Not Be Broken," while the deeper South permeates the second-line shuffle "Two Lights in the Nighttime." Raitt produced the album herself -- with the help of minimalist soundscaper Tchad Blake -- and she imparts a vibe that's affably raw without being grating. Warmly emotive and strongly involving, this is the kind of album that makes the listener feel a connection -- feel as if we really are Souls Alike.
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Performance CreditsBonnie Raitt Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
John Capek Loops
David Batteau Synthesizer Guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Jon Cleary Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Ricky Fataar Percussion,Drums
Mitchell Froom Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Dolceola
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass,Bass Guitar
George Marinelli Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Maia Sharp Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Technical CreditsMarc Jordan Composer
Bonnie Raitt Producer,Audio Production
John Capek Composer
David Batteau Composer
Lee Clayton Composer
Pat McLaughlin Composer
Tchad Blake Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Randall Bramblett Composer
Davis Causey Composer
Jon Cleary Composer
Mitchell Froom Orchestration
Gordon Kennedy Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer
George Marinelli Composer
Michael Rodriguez Engineer
Maia Sharp Composer
Tommy Sims Composer
Pete Wasner Composer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Tony Arata Composer
David Boucher Engineer
Emory Joseph Composer
Liz Rose Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Souls Alike based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Bonnie Raitt redefines herself on this her 18th collection yet she gives listeners a great musical ride from start to finish. This cd is so full of energy and pure talents from all involved. I was surprised by some of these songs, Bonnie continues to expand her musical directions without alienating her true fan base and she does a tremendous job producing her first collection of tunes. The songwriters shine on this effort, especially, and Bonnie, one of the best pure interpreters coming out of the 70's singer/songwriter heyday takes each song she's chosen and gives them a heart and soul and some of her best funky grooves I've ever heard from her.(just listen to the groove and slide guitar textures on "Two lights in the night time". Jon Cleary continues to amaze with his songwriting and New Orleans meets Little Feat funky attitude("Love on one condition", "Unnecessarily Mercenary", and helps Bonnie craft a real groove to these awsome songs. With her great taste in finding the right words that reflect her life, shes contributed to another great total band effort and these songs should fill the intimate rooms she'll tour in over the months ahead. You would never know that Bonnie is well into her 50's but that is why shes a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and 9 time Grammy winner. She knows no limitations or boundries and blends into so many styles of music effortlessly. One listen to "God was in the water" as well as "I will not be broken" & "Deep water",(can't help but think listening to the words, of the Hurricane tragedy) and a positve reflection of strength Bonnie sings about in her first single, and best song for radio since "Something to talk about", "I will not be broken". Bonnie's been through some soul searching these days with the death of her parents(over the past year) so through her pain, like the making of her "Nick of Time" cd, she has channeled these songs into real life experiences that listeners will relate to and want to hear. The real treats on "Souls alike" are the eye opening performances Bonnie gives on the loop hoppy "Deep Water" and the Maia Sharp penned "Crooked Crown", a whole different Bonnie Raitt, and especially "God was in the water" which Bonnie really stretches on and gives the cd such depth, edge and originallity, all this without having to be a blues diva, instead she infuses these tunes with her bluesy funk strut and slide guitar masterworks and puts a modern spin to the music that all ages will appreciate. With some of her most soulful singing of her career with "So Close", "Trinkets", "I don't want anything to change" and the classy closer(jazz tinged) "The bed I made", Bonnie has fashioned a real musical gem of a record and should position her right back in the forefront of talented women singer/musicans into the 21st century.
The other reviewers who gave this CD five stars said it more eloquently than I could. I've only listened to the CD twice, and can't get enough of it. I have always liked Bonnie Raitt's blend of defiance and vulnerability, but her ability to infuse a song with intelligence and emotion is unmistakable here. Listening to her take on songs that she probably wouldn't have gone near ten years ago was jarring at first, but on a second hearing, I'm glad that she took the chance!
I'll keep it simple, Bonnie has given the musical world another gem, her most musical varied collection ever, still manages to give us some beauty with her slower ones and some kick butt New Orleans stomps, and most impressive some grooves on Souls Alike that don't quit. Her opening song with its familiar Bonnie sounds is a classic song of strength, a true pick yourself up when your down(its haunting in the Katrina aftermath, as is the second cut "God was in the water". The trip hop electronica jewel "Deep Water","Crooked Crown" is at first a bit of a shock but they grow on you and the songs just keep building, what a band bonnie has around her. "The bed I made" is also an excellent piece of music, very different(jazz toned,modern look at adult disfunctional relations) but sung by a grammy pro, who knows how to get under your skin, just listen to "Trinkets", this Emory Joseph classic song of childhood memories is just pure magic for Bonnie, such a groove and lyrics, ALL THESE SONGS on Souls Alike are moving, full of soul ("So Close", just grows on you, "I don' want to change a thing" another beautifully sung Raitt, this has impressed me and surprised me and most important it challenges adults who love music and have become so use to the same old music, this is Bonnie at her very best! Jon Cleary, has made the most impact on Bonnie over the years, he has given Bonnie some great New Orleans sounds and a keyboard player like no other, this guy is a knockout addition to Bonnie's sound.