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  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: April 7, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000634V
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bonnie Raitt ~ Fundamental

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Bonnie Raitt's marvelous voice, saucy grooves, and singing slide guitar are this album's fundamentals. But these 11 love songs are more than a back-to-basics exercise. Coproducers Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake help Raitt create the edgiest arrangements she's ever had. Which explains the dry, in-your-face vocal sound of "Round and Round" and the near-naked framing of the best guitar solos, like Los Lobos' David Hidalgo's probing Jimmie Vaughan masquerade on "Cure for Love." Raitt herself plays a rippling African-style melody line on "One Belief Away." And the jittery guitar break and pumping piano on "I Need Love" threaten to knock the tune's tonal center to pieces. Her lyrics are crafty, too, whether she's calling down the furies as she opts for another spin on the flaming "Spit of Love" or feeling romance tug like quicksand in "Cure for Love." A little weird, maybe, but commanding, wise, real, and beautiful. --Ted Drozdowski

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on March 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When Bonnie Raitt embarked on the production of her thirteenth studio album, 1998's "Fundamental," she had achieved almost everything that a musician can wish for: an exceptionally long career, the respect of her peers and the admiration of her fans, multiple Grammies, and particularly following her last three records, "Nick of Time" (1989), "Luck of the Draw" (1991) and "Longing in Their Hearts" (1994), even the widespread commercial success that her prior albums, despite all acclaim, had not brought her. But as the title track of this 1998 release makes clear, she then decided that it was time to take a step back and "get back to the Fundamental Things;" to "do the braindrain [and] leave it all behind."

And those fans who only had discovered Raitt as a result of the above-mentioned, vastly successful trio of albums were nothing less than shocked: Gone was Don Was's slick, stylish production which had driven the sound of those records. Gone, the pop/mainstream rock overtones. Back in full force was the blues; as raw and low-down as ever. Back in, the rootsy, down-to-earth feeling of Raitt's very first albums, released almost three decades earlier, now tempered by half a lifetime's worth of experience. In also the star production team of Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake, who in the 1990s alone had successfully worked with artists like Los Lobos, Neil Finn and Randy Newman, and had helped advance the careers of such strong female singers as Cheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega, Vonda Shepard and the Indigo Girls.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
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A true work of art inspires passionate responses, not blind obedience. The reviews listed here range from one to five stars, with most of them either one or the other. You love it or hate it, folks. If you are interested in forming your own opinion, buy the CD and listen to it at least twice. Personally? This album has been a permanent fixture in my CD player for months. But I encourage you to make your own decision.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on June 8, 2008
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When Bonnie Raitt embarked on the production of her thirteenth studio album, 1998's "Fundamental," she had achieved almost everything that a musician can wish for: an exceptionally long career, the respect of her peers and the admiration of her fans, multiple Grammies, and particularly following her last three records, "Nick of Time" (1989), "Luck of the Draw" (1991) and "Longing in Their Hearts" (1994), even the widespread commercial success that her prior albums, despite all acclaim, had not brought her. But as the title track of this 1998 release makes clear, she then decided that it was time to take a step back and "get back to the Fundamental Things;" to "do the braindrain [and] leave it all behind."

And those fans who only had discovered Raitt as a result of the above-mentioned, vastly successful trio of albums were nothing less than shocked: Gone was Don Was's slick, stylish production which had driven the sound of those records. Gone, the pop/mainstream rock overtones. Back in full force was the blues; as raw and low-down as ever. Back in, the rootsy, down-to-earth feeling of Raitt's very first albums, released almost three decades earlier, now tempered by half a lifetime's worth of experience. In also the star production team of Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake, who in the 1990s alone had successfully worked with artists like Los Lobos, Neil Finn and Randy Newman, and had helped advance the careers of such strong female singers as Cheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega, Vonda Shepard and the Indigo Girls.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on May 14, 2003
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This is wonderful, mellow album takes me to higher place when I lay back and listen. It makes Nick of Time sound like overproduced 80's pop. Bonnie felt this material deeply and it shows in every song. This isn't an experiment, but a smooth, natural sounding recording with rich, clear vocals. Close your eyes and it sounds like Bonnie and her band are right in the room. Her latest, Silver Lining is also very strong, but I am one of those who think Fundamental is superb. Bonnie Raitt continues to record brilliant albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By propellor steve on March 19, 2007
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I own a lot of Bonnie Raitt albums, I have always regarded this one as one of my favorites. The production is left rough around the edges for texture, which makes for a fresh and relaxed, unstrained, honest and free-flowing collection of songs. It sounds like we are all sitting around the table in the kitchen, having a few beers, playing music and enjoying the moment.
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In a lot of ways I think Bonnie Raitt achieved a good deal of commercial success in the late 80's/early 90's that she never quite reached in the 70's and early 80's. Her's seemed to be success from a comeback rather than a comeback from a success,basically. Well at this point Bonnie had everything one could imagine from a musical career: a long and creatively successful career,a handful of hit singles and albums and not to mention little huge news of any personally embarrassing episodes she'd had in the past. And as she ended her third decade as a recording artist,there was a sense of coming somewhat full circle. Her music has always been defined by a cornucopia of different musical genres. But the key to all of it was blues. Up until this point she'd never actually made an album fully defined by it. But it really makes no difference. Whether her music is more soulful,rocking or country oriented each one of those genres have at least a little root in the blues anyway. So by this point it was pretty inevitable highly blues oriented album was on the way.

This album starts out with two slow crawling funk numbers in "The Fundamental Things" and "Cure For Love". But the flavor is very stripped down production wise with Bonnie's amplified urban blues guitar getting a lot of space. "Round & Round" is a pretty straight rendition of the Willy Dixon classic. The lyrics on this song are also full of Bonnie's signature wittiness and poetic reflections on romance,life and the nature of art itself. The best part is it's all phrased to reach everyone from the person on the street or the more isolated and scholarly types. "Spit Of Love" and the slower "Lover's Will" contain great electric piano playing and a very soul oriented air out of the Ray Charles/Al Green version of the music.
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