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Bonnie Raitt, 'Dig In Deep'
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37. Bonnie Raitt, 'Dig In Deep'

Does this sound like anyone we know? "You got a way of running your mouth/You rant and you rave, and you let it all out/The thing about it is, little that you say is true." You can't say that Bernie bae Bonnie Raitt didn't warn us about the Trumpocalypse in "The Comin' Round Is Going Through," her 20th album's politically seasoned outlier. Continuity, faithfulness and perseverance, as we seem to be re-learning, turn out to be underrated virtues. When Raitt and crew hunker down together, they bring the roadhouse to your house in confidently strutting material that blends rock, blues, R&B and gospel with Shaker durability and perfectly crafted slide-guitar solos. But when the party's over – and the party is definitely over – Raitt doesn't shy away from confronting adult demons in ballads like "The Ones We Couldn't Be," a requiem for either a relationship or, perhaps, an administration. R.G.

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