Bonnie Raitt - Fundamental (Capitol) You usually get what you budget for with singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt: straightforward blues/soft rock with few frills, and albums composed largely of cover versions and interpretations of other songwriters' material. Raitt remains an accomplished practitioner of the inventive translation, but growing confidence in her own penmanship has seen her emerge with increasing numbers of credits on recent records. And with Raitt's career now 27 years old, the trend continues here - although regrettably not to the extent of promoting her outstanding Spit of Love (which likens relationships to being cooked slowly over an open flame) to album opener. Old collaborator Paul Brady weighs in with a couple of efforts co-written with Raitt, the first of which is especially sprightly, and a doffing of the cap to blues legend Willie Dixon with the gravel-gargling, gruff-sounding Round & Round. But just when you think slow blues and guitar solos right where you expect them is about it, Raitt throws in a twist with a reggae-cajun crossbreed of a song in I'm On Your Side - another original. The spine of Fundamental is slick, soft blues of the Robert Cray variety, but without the same virtuosity. It remains a pleasant diversion nevertheless.