California blues mama's late-flowering career revival

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Bonnie Raitt – The Best Of

By her own admission, the ’80s were not kind to Raitt, but she hit paydirt at the decade’s close with the aptly-titled, self-penned Nick Of Time. Her refined allure and mature sensibility have yielded a series of tasteful, emotionally resilient releases since then. This collection highlights the importance of her relationship with producer Don Was and ability to cherry-pick from trusted composers like Richard Thompson, Paul Brady and John Hiatt. The only regret is, given that she’s capable of songs as classy as “Nick Of Time”, she doesn’t give her own compositions more prominence.