I Can't Make You Love Me
Label: Capitol Records
For her follow-up to 1989's smash hit Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt wisely doesn't stray from the formula that had finally brought her commercial success: light country blues, bits of adult contemporary and heaps of broke-down blockbuster ballads to show off her world-weary vocals (if "I Can't Make You Love Me" has never made you cry, we worry about your soul). If her voice is at times a bit too pristinely pitch-perfect (see the Irish-kissed "One Part Be My Lover"), well, that's not much of a complaint to weather. She's best at a slow burn, as on the aptly titled "Tangled and Dark."