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With the release of her nineteenth album, Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt is starting anew. The album marks her return to studio recording after seven years; it's coming out as the launch of her own label, Redwing Records; and it delivers some of the most surprising and rewarding music of her remarkable career, thanks in part to some experimental sessions with celebrated producer Joe ... Read more in Amazon's Bonnie Raitt Store

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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 (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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28 of 30 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1998
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This album has a very under-produced, back-to-basics kind of quality that is well suited to someone who is, at her core, a blues player. I just wish there had been a song or two that really jumped out at me, but with the exception of the title song, which is kind of fun, there isn't anything that sticks with you. I think this is an album that Bonnie Raitt fans will enjoy, just because of the down-to-earth production style, but this is not the album I would recommend to someone who was looking to add their first Bonnie Raitt album to their collection.
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1 of 1 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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