Dig in Deep

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Bon­nie Raitt

Red­wing Record

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.

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