Picks and Pans Review: Green Light
updated 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
Straight ahead is the message here, and Raitt, 32, rocks on full speed. There are 10 tunes on this, her eighth LP, and they ought to give her the kind of mass acceptance Ronstadt enjoys. There's no cover of a blues classic here, as is frequently the case on Raitt's collections, but she isn't stingy with the gutsy stuff. About half the time it sounds as if she's wrestled the microphone away from Mick and is being backed by the Rolling Stones. (Ian "Mac" McLagan, the Stones' perennial keyboardist, in fact sat in on the session.) Bonnie also plays delectable slide guitar that complements the fine work of her Bump Band. The most instantly addicting melody is Keep This Heart in Mind, with her No Nukes colleague, Jackson Browne, singing backup.