Slipstream - Bonnie Raitt
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    70
    There are a few lesser moments, but they don't distract; Slipstream reveals Raitt at another creative peak.
  2. Slipstream is welcome, despite large portions of it sounding generic to the point of self-parody: funky, strolling, sunny California blues-rock with lashings of soul.
  3. 91
    Her slide-guitar playing throughout Slipstream is superb, and she slips her purring voice into every song like a letter going into an envelope addressed just to you.
  4. Apr 10, 2012
    85
    With Slipstream, the acolyte of Sippie Wallace and John Lee Hooker takes her music to even more introspective places--and her assessments make this even more adult.
  5. Apr 10, 2012
    70
    Befitting a blues album, nearly all the songs contain the word "love" and feature simple beats that have you bobbing your head and tapping your toes after just a couple listens.
  6. Apr 10, 2012
    80
    It's mood music with a razor edge, pain fronting as bliss, delivered by a vet who understands that the blues are often about just that.
  7. Apr 10, 2012
    70
    [Raitt] mostly returns to the quality soft-rock she perfected in her early solo career, but juices it up with hot guitar solos on almost every song.
  8. Apr 9, 2012
    75
    The Henry-produced songs are so accomplished, the sonic chemistry so enveloping and hypnotic, that one wishes Raitt had taken the entire album in this direction.
  9. 80
    It's delivered with Bonnie's trademark kindly swagger, although her best performances here are probably the brace of covers from Dylan's Time out of Mind, "Million Miles" and "Standing in the Doorway", on which Frisell's tiny vibrato glimmer wields a subtle power to match her quiet passion.
  10. 80
    Slipstream is Bonnie Raitt's best album in years and one of the best of her 40-year career.
  11. Apr 25, 2012
    60
    Saloon-bar rockers such as Split Decision sound tired and hackneyed alongside a beautifully downbeat cover of Dylan's Standing in the Doorway... the peaceful life suits her. [May 2012, p.105]
  12. Apr 20, 2012
    60
    Raitt remains a master interpreter of song. [May 2012, p.87]
  13. Apr 5, 2012
    70
    Slipstream relies on Bonnie;'s voice and slide playing--and, above all, her felicitous ability to pick the right song. [May 2012, p.80]
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  1. May 26, 2012
    7
    Bonnie Raitt returns after more than seven years of hiatus, with her latest - and most successful in career, rock-blues album - "Slipstream". Songs have an amazing groove, which is revealed even in "Used To Rule The World" or "Split Decision". Certainly in sixteenth Bonnie disc could be seen experience drawn from previous publications revealing in even avant-garde for artist compositions - such as reggae "Right Down The Line" or the "Marriage Made In Hollywood" as a reference to a country style. Full Review »