Dig in Deep
Arguably the best slide-guitar player who ever ventured into popular music, Bonnie Raitt is back with Dig in Deep. Forty-five years after her self-titled debut, Raitt has gone back to her roots with this impressive new release.The blues-rocker pulls double duty here, producing a record that sounds as good as anything she did in the ’70s and early ’80s.
Stripped-down, bare and raw, Dig in Deep’s sound is the antithesis of her biggest-selling albums, 1989’s Nick of Time and the follow-up, Longing In Their Hearts. The sparseness of the production on her 17th studio album highlights three things: Raitt’s amazing guitar skills, her writing and her voice—which, after 66 years, is in remarkably good shape.She might not hit the same sweet high notes that marked hits like “Something To Talk About,” but her bluesy growl is as appealing as ever.And that guitar—well, there’s a reason she’s consistently been named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 guitarists (and vocalists, for that matter).
From the opening “Unintended Consequences of Love” to the closer, “The Ones We Couldn’t Be,” there’s not a single dud on Dig in Deep. But there’s one huge surprise.
That shocker is a gorgeous cover of the INXS hit “Need You Tonight.” Songs like “Shakin’, Skakin’ Shakes” and “If You Need Somebody” are more typical Raitt blues-rock offerings but are equally tasty.
Alternately fun and sexy, contemplative and reflective, Dig in Deep will have you leaning in—to your speakers.