Luck of the Draw (album)

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Luck of the Draw
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
ReleasedJune 25, 1991
RecordedSeptember 1990 — February 1991
GenreBlues rock, country pop
Length53:39
LabelCapitol
ProducerBonnie Raitt, Don Was
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Nick of Time
(1989)
Luck of the Draw
(1991)
Longing in Their Hearts
(1994)
 
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Luck of the Draw
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
ReleasedJune 25, 1991
RecordedSeptember 1990 — February 1991
GenreBlues rock, country pop
Length53:39
LabelCapitol
ProducerBonnie Raitt, Don Was
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Nick of Time
(1989)
Luck of the Draw
(1991)
Longing in Their Hearts
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars link
Entertainment WeeklyA link
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars link
Robert ChristgauA link
Rolling Stone4/5 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.

According to the liner notes, Raitt dedicated this album to 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".

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

YearChartPosition
1991The Billboard 2002

Singles - Billboard (North America)

YearSingleChartPosition
1991"I Can't Make You Love Me"Adult Contemporary6
1991"I Can't Make You Love Me"Mainstream Rock Tracks9
1991"I Can't Make You Love Me"The Billboard Hot 10018
1991"Slow Ride"Mainstream Rock Tracks28
1991"Something to Talk About"Adult Contemporary5
1991"Something to Talk About"Mainstream Rock Tracks12
1991"Something to Talk About"The Billboard Hot 1005
1992"Come to Me"Adult Contemporary10
1992"Not the Only One"Adult Contemporary2
1992"Not the Only One"The Billboard Hot 10034
1993"All at Once"Adult Contemporary17

End of decade charts[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

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

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