Slipstream (Bonnie Raitt album)

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Slipstream
Bonnie Raitt -Slipstream.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 10, 2012
Recorded2010-2011 at Ocean Way Recording (Summer 2011) and The Garfield House (Fall 2010 and Spring 2011)
GenreRock, blues rock, americana
Length57:49
LabelRedwing Records
ProducerBonnie Raitt, Joe Henry
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Souls Alike
(2005)
Slipstream
(2012)
Dig in Deep
(2016)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[3]
Blurt7/10 stars[4]
The Boston Globe(positive)[5]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[7]
Paste(8.5/10)[8]
Q3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]

Slipstream is the sixteenth studio album by Bonnie Raitt, released in April 2012.[11] American Songwriter Magazine praised it as "her best album in years and one of the best of her 40-year career."[12]

Two singles were released from the album, a cover of Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down the Line", and "Used to Rule the World", both of which charted on the Billboard Triple A chart.[13] The album also spawned a highly successful concert tour. The Slipstream Tour was the 82nd best-selling American tour of 2012 earning 11.3 million dollars and selling 201,313 tickets.[14]

Critical acclaim[edit]

The album was listed at No. 22 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying "As young stars like Adele and Katy Perry cover her songs, Raitt continues what she’s been doing, more or less, for 40-plus years." [15]

The album won for the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.[16]

Commercial performance[edit]

Debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, Slipstream became Raitt's highest-charting album in 18 years.[17] It also debuted at No. 1 on both the Rock Albums and Blues Albums charts.[18][19] selling around 63,000 copies. The album has sold 334,000 album in the US as of January 2016.[20]

Slipstream became the 106th best-selling album and 9th best-selling independent album in the United States in 2012.[21][22] Slipstream was also the best-selling Blues album of 2012, and Bonnie Raitt was the best-selling Blues artist of 2012.[23][24]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Used to Rule the World" (Randall Bramblett) - 4:17
  2. "Right Down the Line" (Gerry Rafferty) - 5:29
  3. "Million Miles" (Bob Dylan) - 6:26
  4. "You Can't Fail Me Now" (Loudon Wainwright III, Joseph Lee Henry) - 4:18
  5. "Down to You" (George Marinelli, lyrics Raitt, Randall Bramblett) - 3:59
  6. "Take My Love with You" (Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Kelly Price) - 4:24
  7. "Not Cause I Wanted To" (Al Anderson, Bonnie Bishop) - 3:37
  8. "Ain't Gonna Let You Go" (Al Anderson, Bonnie Bramlett) - 5:59
  9. "Marriage Made in Hollywood" (Paul Brady, Michael O'Keefe) - 4:55
  10. "Split Decision" (Anderson, Gary Nicholson) - 4:35
  11. "Standing in the Doorway" (Bob Dylan) - 5:24
  12. "God Only Knows" (Joseph Lee Henry) - 4:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Bonnie Raitt – lead vocal (1-12), electric slide guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11), arrangement (2), acoustic guitar (3), tambourine (10)
  • Johnny Lee Schell – electric guitar (1)
  • George Marinelli – electric guitar (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9), harmony vocals (2, 5), acoustic guitar (6, 9), backing vocals (6), shakers (8), mandolin (9)
  • Bill Frisell – electric guitar (3, 4, 11)
  • Greg Leisz – acoustic guitar (3, 4), pedal steel (11)
  • Al Anderson – acoustic guitar (6, 7, 8), lead guitar solo (7), harmony vocal (10), electric guitar (10)
  • Mike FinniganHammond B3 organ (1, 2, 6-10), backing vocal (1), clavinet (2), acoustic piano (5), organ (5), Wurlitzer (6, 8, 9)
  • Patrick Warren – acoustic piano (3, 11, 12), Wurlitzer (4), pump organ (7), keyboards (11, 12)
  • James "Hutch" Hutchinson – bass (1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10), upright bass (7)
  • David Piltch – upright bass (3, 4, 11)
  • Ricky Fataar - drums (1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10), timbales (2), tambourine (9, 10)
  • Jay Bellerose – drums (3, 4, 11)
  • Luis Conte – percussion (1, 2, 6)
  • Gang – handclaps (5)
  • Maia Sharp – backing vocal (2, 6, 9), harmony vocal (7)
  • Jeff Young – backing vocal (6)
  • Paul Brady – harmony vocal (9)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Bonnie Raitt (Tracks 1, 2 & 5-10 ); Joe Henry (Tracks 3, 4, 11 & 12).
  • Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Freeland
  • Second Engineer – Wesley Seidman
  • Various overdubs on Tracks 6, 7, 9, 10 & 12 recorded by Scott Baggett.
  • Mixed at Stampede Origin Studio (Culver City, CA).
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig ar Gateway Mastering (Portland, ME).
  • Project Coordinator – Kathy Kane
  • Art Direction and Design – Norman Miller and DesignartLA.com.
  • Photography – Matt Mindlin
  • Background Photos – Norman Miller
  • Assistant Photography – Omar Gaieck and Chris Soule
  • Management – Kathy Kane, assisted by Annie Heller-Gutwillig, Chloe Monahan and Mary Skerritt.
  • Hair – Gunn Espegard
  • Make-up – Kate Lindsay

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 51
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[26] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[27] 24
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[28] 34
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 49
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 64
US Billboard 200[31] 6
US Top Blues Albums (Billboard)[32] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[33] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[34] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[35] 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2012 "Right Down the Line" Triple A 17
2012 "Used To Rule the World" Triple A 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic reviews for Slipstream". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  2. ^ Slipstream at AllMusic
  3. ^ Morrison, Allen (2012-04-02). "Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  4. ^ Judge, Stephen (2012-04-10). "Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream". Blurt. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  5. ^ Merrill, Rob (2012-04-10). "Review: Bonnie Raitt back in music's 'Slipstream'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (2012-04-09). "Album review: Bonnie Raitt, 'Slipstream'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  7. ^ Tucker, Ken (2012-04-13). "Slipstream review - Bonnie Raitt Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  8. ^ Gleason, Holly (2012-04-10). "Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream :: Music :: Reviews". Paste. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Bonnie Raitt". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  10. ^ Hermes, Will (2012-04-10). "Slipstream". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  11. ^ Bonnie Raitt Prepares New Album[permanent dead link]
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  13. ^ "Bonnie Raitt: Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Top 200 North American Tours" (PDF). Pollstar. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  15. ^ 50 Best Albums of 2012: Bonnie Raitt, 'Slipstream' | Rolling Stone
  16. ^ Diversity And Talent Fill The American Roots Nominations
  17. ^ "Bonnie Raitt's #6 Debut is Her Highest in 18 Years". Shorefire. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Rock Albums". Billboard. April 28, 2012.
  19. ^ "Blues Albums". Billboard. April 28, 2012.
  20. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016.
  21. ^ "Bonnie Raitt- Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  22. ^ "Bonnie Raitt- Independent Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  23. ^ Blues Albums : Jun 14, 2014 | Billboard Chart Archive
  24. ^ Blues Albums Artists: 2012 Year-End Charts | Billboard
  25. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  26. ^ "Bonnie Raitt Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  27. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  28. ^ "Charts.nz – Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream". Hung Medien.
  29. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream". Hung Medien.
  30. ^ "Bonnie Raitt | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  31. ^ "Bonnie Raitt Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  32. ^ "Bonnie Raitt Chart History (Top Blues Albums)". Billboard.
  33. ^ "Bonnie Raitt Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  34. ^ "Bonnie Raitt Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  35. ^ "Bonnie Raitt Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.

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