Joan Osborne: Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road)

 |   |  <1 min read

Joan Osborne: Game of Love
Joan Osborne: Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road)

Joan Osborne's mid-90s hit (“what if God was”) One of Us almost killed her career. A 32-year old gutsy soul-blues singer with an earthy stage act, she struggled to distance herself from the teen audience which embraced it.

Osborne - interviewed at the tme here -- was closer to Joplin than Jewel.

She increasingly sang blues and toured with Motown's Funk Brothers (she appeared at the Mission Estate Motown Event in 2010 alongside former Supreme Mary Wilson and Martha Reeves) and her albums now only connect with a small, loyal and mature fan base.

This fine if undramatic collection of covers (among them Willie Dixon's Bring It On Home and a steamy treatment of I Want To Be Loved, John Mayall's Broken Wings given a spare Bonnie Raitt-like reading) won't change that.

She twist in some strong feminist statements (ironically Ike Turner's Game of Love), gets in New Orleans piano legend Allen Toussaint for Betty Wright's Shoorah! Shoorah!, makes over Bill Withers' Same Love into humid blues, throws in Shake Your Hips (best known from the Stones' Exile) and offers a standout, romantic version of Otis Redding's Champagne and Wine.

Joan Osborne: no hit-maker but still doing God's work in soul.

Share It

Your Comments

George - Jul 24, 2012

True fact; Joan Osborne was Jerry Garcia's replacement in The Grateful Dead.

Clive - Jul 25, 2012

She blows away Mayals Broken Wings

Clive - Jul 25, 2012

Also forgot to mention,check her out on Youtube with The Funk Brothers blasting out Heatware,very sexy,

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys: Machine Gun (Sony)

Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys: Machine Gun (Sony)

As the Sixties came to a close Jimi Hendrix famously tried to recalibrate his career by letting go of the Experience and, on New Year's Eve 1969 and the following night, play the Fillmore East... > Read more

Masaaki Hirao and His All Stars Wagon: Nippon Rock'n'Roll (Big Beat/Border)

Masaaki Hirao and His All Stars Wagon: Nippon Rock'n'Roll (Big Beat/Border)

How global was Fifties rock'n'roll? In New Zealand we had Johnny Devlin, "the Wanganui Elvis" and within four months of Heartbreak Hotel and All Shook Up, Kazuya Kosaka and the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Keith Richards; Crosseyed Heart

THE BARGAIN BUY: Keith Richards; Crosseyed Heart

Here's a question for you to ponder this week. Should this long overdue Keith Richards solo album make it into the Best of Elsewhere list which will appear shortly? We had our say about it in... > Read more

Enrico Rava: On the Dance Floor (ECM/Ode)

Enrico Rava: On the Dance Floor (ECM/Ode)

Of all the tributes to Michael Jackson, this -- by the great jazz trumpeter Rava -- would seem the most unexpected. If Miles Davis were still alive we might not have been surprised by such an... > Read more