Joan Osborne's One of Us
is billed as a career retrospective by one of the more impressive, if now largely forgotten soul/rock (and folk) stars of the 90s. Unfortunately, One of Us
does not live up to expectations. Not quite as retrospective as advertised, this album is simply a repackaging of most of the tracks on 2002's How Sweet it Is
, with a few seminal tracks (such as her explosive hit title song) thrown in where other songs are deleted. There is much, however, to appreciate and listen to with new ears. The 1995 title track remains thought-provoking and musically engaging, as does "Right Hand Man," Osbornes killer song of sexual afterglow with its provocative 'panties' line. And if she went out on a big limb in attempting to cover Aretha Franklins "Think," she succeeds beautifully in recasting other soul classics. Otis Reddings "These Arms of Mine" becomes an even franker declaration of naked want. By bending the melody away from an upbeat cry of exuberant joy to a slower burn of redemptive gratitude (with accents of Eastern music, yet), she almost totally remakes the Marvin Gaye/James Taylor hit "How Sweet it Is."--Alanna Nash
One of the most distinctive vocalists to arise out of the 1990s, Joan Osborne has impressed audiences with her energetic and heartfelt performances for well over a decade, developing a loyal fan base that continues to expand today. One Of Us
showcases Osbornes powerful and emotive vocal style with eleven incredible songs, including "How Sweet It Is", "Loves In Need Of Love Today", and the smash single "One Of Us", a must-have for Joan Osborne fans and rock music devotees everywhere.