A Strong Bonnie Record!
G. Carter | Temple Hills, maryland United States | 01/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If this lp had sold better I bet the reviews for this would be different...
Nine Lives is a great record from Bonnie Raitt, just because it's a different sounding record from her doesn't mean it isn't good.. this has a great 80's sound which shows what was happening musically during this time period and Bonnie vocals are strong, 'No Way To Treat A Lady' is a great rocker!
'Who but a fool' has a nice groove(this was also recorded by Gladys Knight & The Pips on their 'All Our Love' lp),
'Crime of passion' what a story...'Stand up to the night' & 'Excited' great 80's sounding sound..
and the wonderful country flavored 'Angel'.
and my favorite 'All Day, All Night' how I love this song!!
Nine Lives is one of my favorite Bonnie records, I would like for her to do another CD with this type of sound. This record has been unfairly reviewed through the years, if you don't have this one add it to your collection."
Thank God the 80's are over
D. Snyder | Salem Oregon | 05/08/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Seriously disappointing record, unless overproduced sterile 80's rock is your thing. This album might rock, but it lacks the soulful feel of all of her other recordings. This is the one Bonnie record that I just find icky. Can't stand it. Thank God she didn't stay in this funk (and I use funk here negatively). If you don't like bland 80's rock, you will not like this album. I hate to say it but a star would be too much for this one. I do like all of her other albums; I just can't stand this one.
oops, I guess it won't let me give it no stars. I'll give it one star for her voice. Her voice alone is worth at least one star I suppose, but the band still gets no stars from me."
The Many Lives Of Bonnie Raitt
Andre S. Grindle | Brewer Maine | 05/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bonnie Raitt made quite a name for herself in the 70's an artistically triumphant (and occasionally successful) albums in the bluesy rock vein. By the mid 80's any commercial luck she'd had previous to this had dried up and sandwiched between the 1982 recording Green Light and her blockbuster Nick of Time there was this.Despite some of the reviews of this album having a sterile,antiseptic sound to it seem to be waving tha anti-80's music flag that at this point really needs to be re-evaluated.Fact is,throughout the 80's what you got for the most part was updated versions of the 70's sound.That is what makes the music of the decade so unique and maybe...so despised by some people. One of those 80's styles this album embraces fully is the concept of using contemporary technology to liven up the production and give it more energy.Bryan Adams puts forth the starter "No Way To Treat A Lady",a fierce rocker and a very memorable tune."Runnin Back To Me" does the same thing."Who But A Fool (Thief Into Paradise)" is an excellent example of what I choose to call "funk functioning as blues",featuring the TOP horn section and some wonderfully SHARP riffing from Bonnie's axe! A light pinch of synthesizer and handclap puncuate a similar type of tune "Freezin' (For A Little Human Love)"."Crimes Of Passion","True Love Is Hard To Find" and "Excited" are really the bluesiest numbers here and again rock pretty hard."All Day All Night" and "Stand Up To The Night" both infuse a reggae-rock rhythm to the occasion,the latter showcasing some particularly beefy singing from Bonnie.The album closes with it's lone ballad "Angel",featuring backup vocals from Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie. It's funny that this album,recorded mid decade during the 80's was sandwiched between two fairly slick recordings that ended both the 70's (The Glow) and the 80's because this album has a lot of bright,intense sonics and the ammount of energy the music and Bonnie create on these sessions is nothing short of incredible.So much for sterile music!"