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Joan Osborne first established herself as a “pop” singer with “One of Us” from her debut album, Relish. She has spent the past decade trying to delicately balance that with her original aspirations as a blues singer. Her vocal force has been visited on subsequent albums and with 2008’s The Wild One she teams up with the folks with whom she cut her debut. The result is an album that brings a stronger adult-alternative artist into focus. “To the One I Love” sashays with her nightclub groove. “Rodeo” tips its hat to Bo Diddley. “Bury Me on the Battery” ends things with a gospel-styled crescendo. In between, Osborne melds the genres at will. “Hallelujah in the City” uses a gospel sentiment which it settles into with crisp guitars and a shiny pop bounce. The title track has the sound of a ‘70s soft rock ballad. “Daddy-O” recalls timeless folk in its melody and middle-of-the-road balladry in its arrangement. (You could hear Stevie Nicks trying this one on.)  “Meet You in the Middle” is a pleasant, low-key pop song, while “Can’t Say No” adds an extra rhythmic vibrancy. Osborne’s versatility remains one of her greatest assets. 

Customer Reviews

iTunes, check your pricing.

Good album. But why would I pay $12.99 for the album when the songs can be bought individually for a total of just under $11.00? Whaddup, iTunes?

Osborne's Delivers Her Masterpiece

I own all of Osborne's albums and have found them to be all very good but "Little Wild One" is an unqualifed masterpiece not only when measured against her previous work but one of the best albums of the year in general. Impeccably produced songs with Osborne's strongest melodies yet and her distinctive voice showing even more character than usual. "Little Wild One" shows beyond a doubt that Osborne is the real deal.

solid A - instant enjoyment

I don't know if my opinion matters much, but I liked pretty much all of these songs instantly! The CD is tight...weaving in many New York City references and notions of home and love. I see myself listening to this one repeatedly. Not to start out on a negative, but my least favorite track is probably the title track! It's sweet, but a little too slow... A mild criticism. The rest of the songs are pretty great with nice melodies. My favorites are Cathedrals, To The One I Love, Daddy-O (one of the coolest tracks), Meet You In The Middle (the beginning reminds me of the old show LA Law for some reason?), Light Of This World, and the closing track Bury Me On The Battery, on which Joan displays her signature brand of soulful and emotive singing. Solid A!


Born: July 8, 1962 in Anchorage, KY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer Joan Osborne was born on July 8, 1962, in the town of Anchorage, Kentucky, but it wasn't until relocating to New York City in the early '90s (to study at NYU's film school) that she began to take a singing career seriously after performing Billie Holiday's classic "God Bless the Child" at a local bar's open-mike night. In addition to Holiday, Osborne looked to such legendary vocalists as Etta James and Ray Charles as role models, as the up-and-coming singer decided not to cater to major record...
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