michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — JOAN OSBORNE

In album review on 03/07/2012 at 10:26 am

Joan Osborne

Bring It on Home

(Saguaro Road)

If you picked up Joan Osborne’s 1995 debut Relish expecting it to sound like the album’s big hit “One of Us,” you were probably surprised to hear that it was more Janis Joplin-style roadhouse R&B thanthe radio-friendly pop of her only charting single. Osborne has always sung the blues, but she hasn’t gotten around to making a 100 percent blues album until now. Bring It on Homefeatures a dozen classics penned by Willie Dixon, Slim Harpo, and Otis Redding, and Osborne settles into them like she’s lived among their moves and grooves for years. She doesn’t bother reinventing anything; the album is a straight-up tribute to songs – including “Shake Your Hips,” recorded by the Rolling Stones on Exile on Main St., and the title track, which Led Zeppelin covered – she’s known forever. It’s not very original, but it smokes all the same.

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