Picks and Pans Review: Luck of the Draw

updated 08/12/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/12/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bonnie Raitt

You have your seductions of the come-on-over-here-and-give-me-a-big-fat-smooch variety. And then you have your seductions of the quiet, knowing-smile type.

This album is a musical equivalent of the latter, a smart package of easy allure and nicely measured passion.

Raitt wrote three of the songs herself and teamed on another with new husband Michael O'Keefe. The other composers represented, including John Hiatt and Paul Brady, share Raitt's writing and performing ability to suggest the great paradox of romance: You always have to believe it's forever, even while you know that next Thursday is a possibility too.

Raitt sounds in an attractively relaxed, sweetly bluesy mood when she sings such lines as (from her "All at Once"): "Looks to me there's lots more broken/ Than anyone can really see/ Why the angels turn their backs on some/ Is just a mystery to me."

Delbert McClinton duets on "Good Man, Good Woman," and Hiatt adds insinuating guitar, as well as his voice, to his own "No Business." Richard Thompson, Ivan Neville and Bruce Hornsby are among the other guest talents, though it's Ricky Fataar, playing drums on seven of the album's 12 tracks, who makes the biggest impact.

He propels Raitt from the funky "Tangled and Dark" to the reggae-flavored "Come to Me" to the tougher "No Business" without shattering her mood. And if you want an hour or so of unshattered mood, this isn't a bad one to settle into. (Capitol)

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