12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Joan Osborne has proven to be quite the resilient Renaissance woman, working with blues, pop, soul, and country in varying degrees over many albums. 2014’s Love and Hate is as adventurous an album as she has made, and its finest points are among her most beautiful and ambitious. “Where We Start” begins things with a sense of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks springing to mind, with orchestrated strings pushing the rhythm along in elliptical synchronicity. “Work on Me” continues with mysterious orchestration that’s laced with bossa nova hints, but nothing overt. Coproducer Jack Petruzzelli has worked with Osborne since her early blues-club days, and his knowledge of music and of Osborne’s greatest gifts means that even the unexpected swerves into Philly soul or piano balladry are smartly arranged. The female backing choir of Amy Helm, Gail Ann Dorsey, and Catherine Russell keep apace with the funky magic of “Mongrels,” where the Rhodes piano and Nels Cline’s wicked guitar solo keep things plenty sharp.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Joan Osborne has proven to be quite the resilient Renaissance woman, working with blues, pop, soul, and country in varying degrees over many albums. 2014’s Love and Hate is as adventurous an album as she has made, and its finest points are among her most beautiful and ambitious. “Where We Start” begins things with a sense of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks springing to mind, with orchestrated strings pushing the rhythm along in elliptical synchronicity. “Work on Me” continues with mysterious orchestration that’s laced with bossa nova hints, but nothing overt. Coproducer Jack Petruzzelli has worked with Osborne since her early blues-club days, and his knowledge of music and of Osborne’s greatest gifts means that even the unexpected swerves into Philly soul or piano balladry are smartly arranged. The female backing choir of Amy Helm, Gail Ann Dorsey, and Catherine Russell keep apace with the funky magic of “Mongrels,” where the Rhodes piano and Nels Cline’s wicked guitar solo keep things plenty sharp.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

cowboyji ,

Slinky, sassy, and sensational

This is the album I’ve waited 12 years for from one of my favorite voices! The songs here are worthy of the singer. And, though they pull from multiple genres to create a wholly unique soundscape, the set feels cohesive, thoughtful, and mature. The first two cuts are fantastic.

thegroove1 ,

Mellow & relaxed

I have loved her since she played with Bobby, Phil & Mickey back during the Dead days. She impressed me at those shows and have been a fan ever since.
Album is chill. Nice stuff, an easy listen. It's raining right now and it seems to fit this day off I'm havin'. Buy this, she deserves it.

Gertrude da Goat ,

Wonderful!!

This album is so rewarding on many different levels. The songwriting is always interesting and full of unexpected twists and turns. Actually the whole approach to this album hits me that way. The production and support that the musicians provide Joan are quite remarkable throughout the album. As great as all that is, it is of course the beautiful and unmistakable voice of Joan’s that makes this such an amazing collection of music. Thank you Joan!

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