Sweet Forgiveness

Sweet Forgiveness

by Bonnie Raitt


Since Home Plate brought Bonnie Raitt within shooting distance of the Top 40, thereby being the greatest chart success she yet attained, it made sense that she re-teamed with its producer Paul A. Rothchild for its follow-up, Sweet Forgiveness. Rothchild's modus operandi remains slickness, but he has backed away from his fondness for studio musicians, letting Raitt record the majority of the record with her touring band (who only were spotted occasionally throughout Homeplate). All this means is that the near-hit "Runaway" is almost a ringer, largely because it's a poor choice for Raitt's sweetly funky Californian rock that was obviously designed as a bid for a single, therefore it was slicked up more than the rest of the record (which remains slick, but not glossy). Sweet Forgiveness is actually looser than Homeplate, a little less constrained. Then why isn't it quite as successful, artistically? That comes down to a selection of songs that aren't quite as effective as those Raitt usually picks -- and, in that sense, "Runaway" was a good indicator of the album. However, the selection of material isn't bad. If the tunes don't happen to form into a whole, it's still filled with great moments, from Earl Randall's opener "About to Make Me Leave Home" to Karla Bonoff's closer "Home." Sweet Forgiveness may not be one of Raitt's unqualified successes (despite its hit status), it's still a solid record, one that's hard to deny if you're already a Raitt fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992730921
catalogNumber: 2990

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Norton Buffalo   Harmonica
Rosemary Butler   Vocals
Lester Chambers   Vocals
Sam Clayton   Conductor,Conga
Freebo   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
David Grisman   Mandolin,Mandocello
Jeff Labes   Keyboards
Maxayn Lewis   Vocals
Will McFarlane   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Bill Payne   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
J.D. Souther   Vocals
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Dennis Whitted   Drums
Carlena Williams   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Haeny   Engineer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Roger Mayer   Engineer
John Van Hamersveld   Art Direction
Don Convay   Composer

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