10 Songs, 42 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings

Mixed Bag but not all bad

Nine Lives is about as “80’s” as Bonnie Raitt ever got. Certain tracks such as “Runnin’ Back To Me” and “Who But A Fool” and “Freezin’"contain dated synthesizer sounds but this album does contain a few standout tracks such as the opening “No Way To Treat A Lady” and the reggae-tingled “Good Love Is Hard To Find” - both of which are available on her first greatest hits installment The Bonnie Raitt Collection. “Stand Up To The Night” is very 80’s with it’s dark arena rock feel, and though it does not compare with any of Raitt’s best work, it is still a standout track for this particular album.

jeff bilby

Trying to make something from such a disjointed batch of throw aways...

Many of these songs, Who but a fool, Crimes of passion, Angel, have that trademark Bonnie passion somewhere in there but the production just was not up to Bonnie Raitt
standards. Sure it was well into the 80's and Bonnie's music was dated for this time(the 1970's history at this point in time), she struggled for recording material, but always a big talent on stage. Looking back
all these years I've got to say she sure had a great voice, just needed some material worthy of her talents, she found it a few years later with Baby Mine and the Nick of Time
sessions. Worth putting into your collection, I've always found Who but a fool such a funky, soulful tune played loud, you hear Bonnie's passions and what was to come.


Not as bad as many believe- just not the classic Bonnie sound

Many people criticize this one for being too ‘80s. This was not a great time in Bonnie’s career, but it’s worth checking out to hear Bonnie’s voice in a variety of contexts (rock, reggae, pop). I like the rock sounds of No Way To Treat A Lady and Running Back To Me, the Caribbean rhythm of Who But A Fool (Let a Thief Into Paradise, and the ballad Angel.

About Bonnie Raitt

By the time Bonnie Raitt found worldwide success with 1989’s Nick of Time, the songwriter and master slide guitarist had already recorded 10 albums over two decades. A pioneering figure in roots rock who spent her early years apprenticing with bluesmen like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Raitt, who was born in Burbank, California, in 1949, seemed to have stepped out of an imagined past, synthesizing strains of blues, folk, rock, and country in ways that felt both effortless and fresh. She does it all on 1972’s Give It Up, which spans raucous New Orleans-style R&B (“Give It Up or Let Me Go”) and contemplative ballads (“Nothing Seems to Matter”), bare-bones blues (“Love Me Like a Man”) and string-heavy folk (“Too Long at the Fair”), with Raitt equally at home in each. She’s since left her mark on artists covering all sorts of terrain—from Susan Tedeschi and Joss Stone to Adele and Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard. Or, as blues legend B.B. King said of Raitt’s impact in one of his last interviews: “I came up in a macho world and never thought I’d ever declare the best living slide guitarist to be a woman. Well, I’m declaring.”

Burbank, CA
November 8, 1949




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