Luck of the Draw (album)

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Luck of the Draw
Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the Draw.jpg
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
Released June 25, 1991
Recorded September 1990 — February 1991
Genre Blues rock, country pop
Length 53:39
Label Capitol
Producer Bonnie Raitt, Don Was
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Nick of Time
Luck of the Draw
Longing in Their Hearts
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars link
Entertainment Weekly A link
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars link
Robert Christgau A link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Luck of the Draw is the eleventh album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music).

After being nominated for Grammy awards in four different categories for the album Nick of Time, Raitt went for a creative retreat in Northern California to begin work on Luck of the Draw. "I did it on purpose to see if I could come up with anything," Raitt said in 1991. "In case I won, I wanted to make sure that I had done some writing and didn't feel that Nick of Time was a fluke. I didn't want to win just 'cause I quit drinking and spent twenty years not making any money, you know? There wasn't enough. So I basically forced myself to go to songwriting boot camp. There were three of four days when it didn't happen — but because I didn't have alcohol or unhappiness or anything to get in the way, it started to open up and I started three of the four songs of mine that are on this album. And then it didn't matter if I won or not, because I had proved to myself that it was okay."

The album surpassed Nick Of Time's commercial success, having sold seven million copies in the United States alone by 2010, and was supported by a 180-date tour from 1991-1993. It replicated much of her U.S. success overseas as well, selling two million in France and Italy. It remains Raitt's biggest-selling recording to date.

In the liner notes, Raitt dedicated this album to the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Something to Talk About" (Shirley Eikhard) – 3:47
  2. "Good Man, Good Woman" (Cecil Womack, Linda Womack) – 3:33
  3. "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin) – 5:33
  4. "Tangled and Dark" (Bonnie Raitt) – 4:52
  5. "Come to Me" (Bonnie Raitt) – 4:20
  6. "No Business" (John Hiatt) – 4:24
  7. "One Part Be My Lover" (Michael O'Keefe, Bonnie Raitt) – 5:06
  8. "Not the Only One" (Paul Brady) – 5:03
  9. "Papa Come Quick (Jody and Chico)" (Richard Hirsch, Chip Taylor, Billy Vera) – 2:43
  10. "Slow Ride" (Bonnie Hayes, Larry McNally, Andre Pessis) – 3:59
  11. "Luck of the Draw" (Paul Brady) – 5:17
  12. "All at Once" (Bonnie Raitt) – 5:03

"Good Man, Good Woman" is a Grammy Award-winning duet with Delbert McClinton and also appears on his album Never Been Rocked Enough



  • Producers: Bonnie Raitt, Don Was
  • Engineer: Ed Cherney
  • Assistant engineers: Ray Blair, Dan Bosworth
  • Mixing: Ed Cherney
  • Assistant Mixing Engineer: Bryant Arnett
  • Mastering: Doug Sax
  • Arrangers: Greg Adams, David Campbell
  • Art direction: Tommy Steele
  • Design: Jeffery Fey
  • Logo: Margo Chase
  • Lettering: Margo Chase


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 2

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Adult Contemporary 6
1991 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
1991 "I Can't Make You Love Me" The Billboard Hot 100 18
1991 "Slow Ride" Mainstream Rock Tracks 28
1991 "Something to Talk About" Adult Contemporary 5
1991 "Something to Talk About" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
1991 "Something to Talk About" The Billboard Hot 100 5
1992 "Come to Me" Adult Contemporary 10
1992 "Not the Only One" Adult Contemporary 2
1992 "Not the Only One" The Billboard Hot 100 34
1993 "All at Once" Adult Contemporary 17

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990-1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[1] 72


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1991 "Good Man, Good Woman" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
1991 Luck of the Draw Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
1991 "Something to Talk About" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance