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Pretty Little Stranger

Joan OsborneAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pretty Little Stranger is the Vanguard debut from premier vocalist and songwriter Joan Osborne. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy winner, Steve Buckingham, Pretty Little Stranger highlights the soulful sound of Joan Osborne with elements of country, blues and Americana. This 12 song collection features six original tunes written by Joan including ''Who Divided,'' ''Shake That Devil'', ''After Jane'' and the title track, and also compositions by Kris Kristofferson (''Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends'', some of music's finest performers lending their talents including Vince Gill on ''Time Won't Tell,'' Alison Krauss, ''Holy Waters'', Sonny Landreth playing slide guitar on ''Dead Roses'' and Rodney Crowell providing harmony vocals on his own 'When The Blue Hour Comes.'' Exquisite!.

Though Joan Osborne has referred to this as "my version of a country record," the music is likely to find more favor in coffee shops and on NPR than with honky-tonks and the Grand Ole Opry. It conjures comparisons with Rosanne Cash's artistry after her country hitmaking days, as if Osborne came to Nashville to make the sort of music that Cash left Nashville to make. While it may not achieve the commercial success that Osborne enjoyed with her popular breakthrough, "One of Us," it's the most consistently compelling album of her career. Produced by Steve Buckingham (Dolly Parton), with harmony support from Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Rodney Crowell, Osborne mixes six strong originals with six choice covers, rarely overpowering the material through displays of vocal technique, as she occasionally has in the past. Much of the material deals with the aftermath of relationships (including one with a woman on "After Jane"), with results ranging from a mixture of resilience and vulnerability on the title track through the insistent groove of "Who Divided" and the eternal optimism of "Till I Get It Right." There's also a folkish rendition of the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace" that Osborne makes her own, and some live-wire slide guitar from Sonny Landreth on "Dead Roses." The closest she comes to classic country is a bittersweet reading of Kris Kristofferson's "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends," while the closing balladry of "When the Blue Hour Comes" (with co-writer Rodney Crowell on harmonies) is pure heartbreak. --Don McLeese

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like A Tiger November 24, 2006
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Joan Osborne's "Pretty Little Stranger" has some shining moments. The self-penned title tune has an excellent beat, a throbbing bass line, and Joan's powerful vocals connecting with the band, "There is a Spanish boy who also rides the A train. I want to tag him like a tiger so I can track him as he moves around the city so I can guard him like an angel." This is a stellar track, on a par with Joan's best work. The beautiful melody of Patty Griffin's "What You Are" is polished by Joan's lovely vocals, "Do you wish you were the silence of the moon? Nobody knows but maybe you will be soon." Joan's "After Jane" is a delight with the vocals passionate and the music cranked, "Will I rise up again? Will I ever know a friend like my Jane!" There are other beautiful moments like Beth Nielsen Chapman's gorgeous tune of "Time Won't Tell," given a country twang with pedal steel guitar and Vince Gill on harmony. Rodney Crowell's "When the Blue Hour Comes" is a lovely ballad. On a few tracks like "Brokedown Palace" & "Shake the Devil" the band seems sleepy, unable to keep up with Joan's vocal fireworks. Most of the CD is excellent and deserves to be embraced by Joan's fans, old & new. Enjoy!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and expressive -- a triumph for Joan Osborne! November 20, 2006
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I have to admit that I was apprehensive about buying this new Joan Osborne album, because I was disappointed with her "How Sweet It Is" from a few years ago (I am not really into soul music, per se). Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised with this new CD. The music has a country-rock feel to it, and her voice is exquisitely expressive. The girl can SING.

This CD is similar to albums by Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash (the song "Who Divided" sounds like it could have been lifted from an early Rosanne Cash album, while Osborn's remake of Kris Kristofferson's "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" features delicious, tender, just-ahead-of-the-beat phrasing one would expect from Emmylou Harris).

A thrilling aspect of this album is that Osborne has returned to recording songs she has written! After her last two CDs of mostly covered material, I am excited to get some more nuggets from this talented songwriter (wait till you hear "Pretty Little Stranger" and "Who Divided" -- perfection!!).

Overall, this is a terrific albumn for fans of music by country-rock women like Lucinda Williams, Matraca Berg, Emmylou Harris, Juice Newton, Linda Ronstadt and Rosanne Cash. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Minimal Funky Joan December 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There's a direct connect between what Joan did on the Funk Brothers' "Standing in the Shadow of Motown" film and this new album.

It's bare.

No frills.

Backbeats to die for, even on the so-called country tunes.

And thankfully, none of the over-production by engineers that compromised her several previous works. (Send the orchestra home, thanks.)

Actually, I wish Joan would just sing the phone book, or Dixie cotton field slave songs, or just scat any Robert Johnson guitar riff - "a capella."

That would be the ideal venue for this woman's roots soulful spirit.

Less is always more with Joan.

The music industry moguls have to be truly reviled for not promoting her when she had her moment....

But this new CD is testimony that Joan's still one of us....

When is the tour behind this album happening?
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tepid set from stellar artist November 20, 2006
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I hate to give this a negative review because by many standards this is a decent recording. The songs are adequate, the arrangements are solid if uninspired, the song choice is at least thoughtful, and Joan can sing out of the phone book and still sound good. But...this is so far below what she's capable of and what she excels at that it is a serious disapointment to fans of the swampy back woods blues of "Relish", still one of my favorite CD's. There's nothing here to rival "St. Teresa", "Ladder", "Spider Web", "Right Hand Man", or even "One of Us" which I never need to hear ever again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome back, Joan Osborne!! March 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was only alittle aware of Joan Osborne, before I heard "Who Divided" on the radio as I was driving home very late at night - - I liked it so much, I actually pulled off to the side of the road and wrote down the title and artist so I wouldn't forget! I NEVER do that .... "Who Divided", which Joan wrote, is still my favorite song on the CD, but there are no duds here!! It's a great listen from start to finish - - Lightning 100, here in Nashville, is playing it, and I hope it does well for her all over the USA - - it's an EXCELLENT CD.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Joan, Please, More Country January 11, 2007
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I've always admired Joan Osborne's vocal gifts but was never won over by her material. Sure, "One of Us" was a big hit, and "St. Theresa" was interesting, different, but I didn't want to play them over and over again. And I'm not really a fan of the over-polished AAA Americana format that makes up 10 of the 12 tracks on this latest release. But tucked away in the middle of this disc are 2 cuts that will break your heart over and over again--Kris Kristofferson's "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends" and the Harlan Howard/Beth Nielson Chapman gem "Time Won't Tell." When Joan Osborne decides to go country, she REALLY goes country, sounding an awful lot like Emmylou Harris on "Pieces of the Sky" or "Luxury Liner." I know that Joan Osborne can sing whatever she damn well pleases and tear it up. But when she sings pure, unadulaterated country music as she does on these 2 songs, it makes me tear up. Joan, please, get back to the country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice CD
I like this cd. Joan has a beautiful strong voice. The sound of this cd is softer, slower and more contained. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Judith Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album whether it's country or not
Despite being born and raised in Kentucky, this is near as Joan ever got to a recording a country album, though I doubt that it will appeal to those country music fans who only... Read more
Published on October 7, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Again
Thank God for Joan Osbourne. She has a style that is completely unconfined in any sort of musical genre. She recently gave us a taste of her mastery of old R&B numbers. Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Brandon Bergman
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Osborne - GREATEST HITS double CD + DVD
Label: Polygram
Year: 2010


01. One Of Us
02. St. Teresa (edit)
03. Sweeter Than The Rest
04. Cream Dream
05. Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by C. Chalegre
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Absolutely one of the most remarkable voices in the world! This album is a bit softer than her earlier work but her sound is nonetheless excellent!
Published on April 16, 2009 by Frank Wetmore II
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift, but ended up liking it myself.
I bought this as a gift for a Joan Osborn fan. I knew only of, a few of her songs and liked them. But have to say after hearing this album, I now have become a fan. Read more
Published on April 10, 2009 by R. Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Joan
I just have to say that this album is a wonderful piece. I have often just replayed the songs again and again. She has really found the soul of some of these songs.
Published on February 23, 2008 by M. Breidenbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Equal Parts Emmylou And Patsy
It sucks to be me, because I just now came across this CD at a country radio station I work at. Why in God's name none of these songs aren't on the air, I don't know. Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by Alan Beumann
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Joan is so versatile, here again a wonderful collection of songs sung beautifully. A must in any music library!!!
Published on November 12, 2007 by Monique H. Van Aalst
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too country
I am a big fan of Joan Osborne, but this CD is a bit too much country for my taste. It is only for die-hard Joan Osborne fans. Read more
Published on October 3, 2007 by M. Hendriks
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