RWe are long-time fans of Bonnie Raitt, and she's well-represented in our mix. So we're happy to report that her new album, Dig In Deep, is an excellent addition to her catalog and our collection. You'll be hearing it plenty on Birch Street Radio.
Some of the highlights are Raitt's own compositions: "Unintended Consequence of Love," "If You Need Somebody" and "The Ones We Couldn't Be" are heartfelt, thoughtful relationship songs while "What You're Doin' To Me" is more of a feel-good love song. Raitt sharpens her pen for a smart protest song, "The Comin' Round is Going Through." Songs like "Gypsy in Me" and "You've Changed My Mind" are not her compositions, but she makes them her own.
Then there's her cover of "Need You Tonight" - yes, the INXS tune. It's fun to hear Bonnie give this '80s dance number a different take, but to our ears it doesn't quite fit with the deep, soulful feel of the rest of the album.
That's a minor quibble. Overall, this is a top-flight album from one of the stars of American music.
Recommended reading: NPR's review of the album and Rolling Stone's interview article.