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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

100 Ratings

Amazing record with a few mistakes...

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It's easy to see from this record that there might have been too many decision makers involved in making this record. It was a collaborative effort between Joan, a couple of A-list songwriters, and producer Rick Chertoff. The team created some amazing arrangements and sounds, but I believe they encouraged Joan to record a couple of very weak songs ("...naked" being the most ridiculous.) That said, there are some incredibly great recordings on this CD. "St. Teresa", which did not connect with radio, is a prime example of passionate art that doesn't appeal to the lowest common denominator. "Crazy Baby," "Ladder," and "Pensacola" are also passionate standouts. The last of these contains one of the most evocative passages I've heard in recent years... "I sold my blood for money, there wasn't any pain, but I just can't stand the feeling, it's in someone else's veins." You can get lost in this album. Don't rush to get out. Fran Snyder

Refreshing! Fantastic! Brilliant!


Those are the words (refreshing, fantastic, brilliant) that comes to mind when I listen to this CD. I became an INSTANT fan when I heard St. Teresa. It is such a brilliantly crafted song, with great mandolin playing, drums and Joan's sexy, raspy voice. The CD is fantastic from song 1 through song 12. I know the big hit is One of Us, but its not even the best song on the album. It is a shame the radiostations were stuck in a groove for only certain sounding songs, because I think people really missed out on a truly great voice. Joan absolutely kills on Ladder, smoke on Spider Web and wails on Crazy Baby. I am just glad she stayed persistent and kept going. Also it is a STEAL at the price ITUNES is selling the album at.

About Joan Osborne

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 companies and formed her own label, Womanly Hips, which resulted in such releases as 1992's in-concert Soul Show, among others. But eventually Osborne decided to sign on with a major label, Mercury, which in turn issued the singer's next release, Relish, in March 1995. The album proved to have a long life, as almost a year after its initial release the track "One of Us" became a massive MTV and radio smash, camping out at the number one spot on the U.S. singles chart for two weeks, and Relish eventually racked up sales of three-million copies. Further tracks ("Right Hand Man" and "St. Teresa") failed to match the success of Osborne's first hit, but the singer still managed to connect with a large and appreciative audience, especially after touring as part of the 1997 edition of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour. Osborne also received numerous Grammy nominations in both 1996 and 1997.

Producing a worthy follow-up to Relish proved to be a time-consuming challenge for Osborne. Mercury tried to buy some time by issuing a compilation release, Early Recordings (which collected the early releases Live at Delta '88 and Blue Million Miles). In the meantime, Osborne focused on supporting a few groups/causes she felt strongly about, such as Rock the Vote and Planned Parenthood (eventually being named an honorary member of Planned Parenthood's board of advocates), in addition to covering "I'm Just a Bill" as a duet with Isaac Hayes on the 1998 Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote! benefit album. She also studied briefly with late Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and performed alongside such notables as Stevie Wonder, Melissa Etheridge, Taj Mahal, Luciano Pavarotti, Spearhead, Bob Dylan, and the Chieftains. September 2000 finally saw the release of Osborne's next all-new studio album, titled Righteous Love, which failed to match its predecessor's commercial success and sank from sight shortly after release. She bounced back in 2002 with How Sweet It Is, a collection of covers that leaned heavily on classic soul and R&B tunes from the '60s and '70s. A career retrospective, One of Us, followed in 2005. Vanguard picked her up shortly after this, and Osborne released her first full-length on that label, a country-tinged effort called Pretty Little Stranger, in 2006. It was followed in 2007 by Breakfast in Bed and in 2008 by Little Wild One. After a break of three years, Osborne re-entered a recording studio with her road band and co-producer Jack Petruzzelli. They emerged with a raw, wooly collection of classic blues and R&B covers entitled Bring It on Home; it was released in the spring of 2012.

She took more direct control over her next release, Love & Hate. Osborne and Petruzzelli re-teamed for co-production duties, but this time she wrote or co-wrote every song. The album was released in the spring of 2014. For her next project, Osborne turned to her fans to crowd-fund a collection of Bob Dylan covers. The album, Songs of Bob Dylan, was released in 2017. ~ Greg Prato

    Anchorage, KY
  • BORN
    Jul 8, 1962

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