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Powerful and reflective combination of original compositions and covers on first album in six years from California-based singer Bonnie Raitt
Back with her first album in six years, the California-based singer Bonnie Raitt has brought out a self-produced collection in which she set out to “try styles and topics I never really touched on before.”
Backed by a solid, competent band which includes former Beach Boys drummer Ricky Fataar, ‘Just Like That’, Raitt’s 18th album, is a mix of original compositions and covers, rooted in blues-based pop and rock. Themes range from love and loss to resilience, living in the shadow of COVID 19: “I don’t think we’ll get back how we used to…/Keep livin’ for the ones (Ones who didn’t make it)” (‘Livin’ For The Ones’).
Songs to listen out for in this ten-track collection include: the opener ‘Made Up Mind’ about liberating oneself from a relationship gone sour; the emotive, funk-jazz ‘Waitin’ For You To Blow’ with its soaring organ solo, a song about the shadow of addiction, a powerful reminiscence of her own successful battle with this in the 80s; the innovative ‘Here Comes Love’ with its New Orleans funk; the title track about how a heart transplant unexpectedly connects a bereaved mother and the recipient, a song fusing loss and renewal; and the closer ‘Down The Hall’, inspired by a news story about an inmate who sought redemption through becoming a prison hospice worker.
A powerful album, reflective, soulful, ‘Just Like That’ showcases Raitt’s rich, vibrant vocals and her storytelling ability.
Made Up Mind
Something's Got A Hold Of My Heart
Livin' For The Ones
Just Like That
When We Say Goodnight
Waitin' For You To Blow
Blame It On Me
Love So Strong
Here Comes Love
Down The Hall
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