Picks and Pans Review: Nine Lives
Since Raitt has waited approximately four years between albums, the occasional disappointments of this new record seem more annoying than they might otherwise. The most notable of these rough spots is an almost numbing similarity of tempo across most of the LP's 10 tracks. It would probably be possible, in fact, to interchange the percussion tracks on any number of the medium-hard-rock tunes without anyone noticing. It was also a strange choice to include the Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance song No Way To Treat a Lady. The song is on the Bonnie Tyler album Forbidden Fires and Secret Dreams, which was released only a few months ago, and this is more than just a Bonnie coincidence. Raitt and Tyler have the same basic blues-rock style, and their approaches to the song are all but identical. Raitt is still a vibrant, aggressive singer. A number of these tunes, such as Micheal Smotherman's Freezin' (for a Little Human Love) and Crime of Passion by Danny Ironstone and Mary Unobsky, are of more than passing interest. And when Raitt slows down to do Eric Kaz's Angel, it's clear that she's not a one-dimensional performer. Maybe the answer is for a listener to take this LP one track at a time—or for Raitt not to wait quite so long between records next time. (Warner Bros.)
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