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Righteous Love

Joan OsborneAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004WFQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Righteous Love, unlike its 1995 breakthrough predecessor, Relish, is more profane than sacred. In fact, Osborne gets rather bawdy on "Baby Love," which details the pain and perils of involvement with a considerably younger man, and on the gender-bending "If I Was Your Man." The invigorated Kentuckian does seem to be describing love of the celestial kind on the title cut. And, like the Beatles, Alanis Morrisette, and Madonna before her, Osborne makes a detour to Mother India; raga elements spice up "Running Out of Time," the aforementioned "If I Was Your Man," and the outstandingly alliterative "Grand Illusion." The Osborne of Righteous Love is a graceful chameleon capable of conjuring the specters of Laura Nyro, Carole King, and Bonnie Raitt at their edgiest. She throws in a dash of gospel in "Angel Face," only to become a plaintive victim of love in Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love." But throughout, she proves that she's a survivor, borne up on wings of her own construction, singing fierce tales of renewal, empowerment, and endurance. --Jaan Uhelszki

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Osborne Soars September 12, 2000
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Joan Osborne fans have been waiting five years for her latest release, "Righteous Love". After several run-ins with her label, Mercury Records, she jumped ship to Interscope to get this album released. Many purchased the Osborne's previous album, "Relish", mistakenly believing that the album would contain more bubblegum like her hit single from the album, "What If God Was One Of Us". "Relish" was actually nothing like "One Of Us", as it was a provocative, soulful, and dare I say, sexual album. "Relish" won well-deserved acclaim, and went on to be named "Album Of The Year" by Rolling Stone magazine. The five years between albums has shown that Osborne has become more confident in her vocal abilities. She seems to effortlessly change octaves within a breath, and her voice soars. Since it is not fair to compare this album to her previous effort, I am giving this album Amazon's highest rating. For Osborne fans, I will couch this opinion with the following: "Righteous Love" does not drip with the blatant sexuality of "Relish", nor does this album have the tenderness found on tracks like "Lumina" or "Crazy Baby", which appear on "Relish". Rather, "Righteous Love" is much more a contination of songs like "Spider Web" and "Pensacola" from "Relish". Soulful and powerful- what you've come to expect from Joan Osborne.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's back - relish her presence September 19, 2000
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How do you follow the truly great? Tori Amos struggled to top Little Earthquakes. Did The Beatles ever better Sergeant Peppers? Alanis' sophomore effort was overlong, overwrought, and overworded. Relish was one of the best albums of the last decade, nay, in all of rock music. From the loosely strummed opening twang of St Teresa to the softly spoken Lumina, it remains a musical masterpiece. Over here in the UK, Joan Osborne will forever be associated with One Of Us, and little else. Making your fans and your record label wait five years (count 'em!) for new material is a bold move, but she's pulled it off with ease. While Righteous Love doesn't have the instant hook factor of Relish it is a fine, confident album, packed with strong musical checkpoints and a vibrant, striding pulse. Running Out Of Time is a brilliant way to open any album, and it's the best kind of rootsy rock-pop that Joan Osborne does. If the album has a weak point, at least it's got out of the way early, as the track Righteous Love is over-produced, thrashy and monotone, sitting ill at ease with the rest of the disc. The next five tracks, Safety In Numbers (doo-wop, reinvented by Sheryl Crow), Love Is Alive (howling Joplin-a-like bar-room blues-rock), Angel Face (think this album's Pensacola), Grand Illusion and If I Was Your Man (George Harrison would weep, gently) are gobsmacking. Add to this the brave Baby Love and the frankly sublime Poison Apples (Hallelujah) and a closing with Dylan's magnificent Make You Feel My Love and you have an assured, fantastic album, certainly well worth the wait. It's been a long five years, with only Early Recordings, Chimes Of Freedom (with Dylan again) and Lilith Fair stuff to keep us happy, but it's been worth it. If God is one of us, he's probably Joan Osborne.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the Rock Goddess....finally!!! September 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As a huge Joan Osborne fan since the release of Relish in 1995, I have been waiting for over 5 years for the follow up album. It is merely hours after its release...and I am still listening to it for the 5th time. On the first listen, tracks that immediately stood out "Running out of Time", "Safety in Numbers", "Baby Love", and "Hurricaine" combine the sultryness of Joan's voice with the grit and rawness of the music she so finely cultivated on Relish. As with most great albums, "Righteous Love" is one that grows on the listener...with each new listen, the songs get stronger and better as they become more familiar. The combination of musical genres, from blues to country, rock to Eastern melodies, that Joan is able to meld together on tracks like "If I Was Your Man", and "Hurricaine" may seem odd at first, and perhaps a little disjointed, but the capabilities of Joan's voice to not only command, but inevitably transcend the music makes this one tiny inconsistency inconsequential. Joan definately has not forgotten her roots...remnants of her Early Recordings material flow through the slower tracks of "Righteous Love" and "Angel Face" and she continues to cover songs with more passion and splendor than the originals. Her rendition of Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" will make you weak in the knees and lower your head in agony. This album is openly full of Joan's signature rawness, while the hidden undercurrent of sexual energy begs you listen deeper the next time, and the time after that, and the time after that...The new material is familiar enough to please any Relish fan, while the simple traditional structure of the new songs may invite some listeners. Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Osborne's sophomore outing "Righteous" indeed October 8, 2000
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Years ago, Lillith Fair-overkill made it a little easy to overlook Joan Osborne. Amidst bold statements from Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, and Fiona Apple, the pleasant pop stylings of "One of Us" felt a little tame in comparison. And since that was the only significant commercial success from Osborne's debut, "Relish," it was proven once again that timing is everything, and if you come in on the middle of a trend you risk being underappreciated, no matter how undeserved. But her striking sophomore record, "Righteous Love," proves Osborne is not just another female singer/songwriter but a true contender in the world of rock.
Possessing both the earthiness of Carole King and the bluesy soul of Bonnie Raitt, Osborne sings with a natural emotion that is at once artistically sound and yet unforced. Whether she's singing the praises of romance on the 50's-flavored title track or keeping herself guarded from it on the bluesy "Safety in Numbers," she gets her point across not with flashy vocal acrobatics, but through earnest delivery that is nothing if not moving. Adding icing to the cake is the growth and maturity in her writing; the Beatlesque ballad "Poison Apples (Hallelujah)" is a wise take on the demise of a love affair, and the gender-bending "If I Was Your Man" utilizes a bold Middle Eastern influence. Then there's the opening number, the half-guitar, half-Rhodes keyboard rouser "Running Out of Time," which finds our heroine sitting back and biding her time while her bound-to-return lover has a go at freedom.
Equally responsible for the magic, however, is producer Mitchell Froom, a master at atmosphere who took Vonda Shepard's "By 7:30" and Bonnie Raitt's "Fundamental" to striking heights.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Time Out For Joan Osborne
With her debut album Relish and it's enormously successful hit "One Of Us",Joan Osborne made it clear from the get go that she was going to be a major force as a heavily soulful... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
1.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING
joan's beautiful voice is too frequently buried in the arrangements, and the songwriting is disappointing. Read more
Published on November 11, 2006 by Lee Chew
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant forgotten album
This album got barely any press when it was released and did not yield any hit singles. But, five years later, it sounds amazing... Read more
Published on July 21, 2005 by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars So soulful and not afraid to push boundaries...
Osborne is so soulful and not afraid to push boundaries, she should be around a long time. This is the kind of album you can play over and over without getting sick of it. Read more
Published on October 25, 2004 by Stephen Cabral
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspired, but not inspiring
Five years in the making and two record labels later, it's no wonder that 'Righteous Love' fails to live up to the stunning debut, 'Relish'. Read more
Published on September 11, 2004 by S B
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep listening
The first two times I listened to this album I wasn't sure that I liked it or not. Since it was the only CD in my car I listened to it about four times before I decided that I... Read more
Published on June 22, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming Into Her Own
I was looking forward to this follow up CD to Relish. I was hoping that Joan would throw off the producers who were trying to make her a "pop" star and get someplace... Read more
Published on June 11, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Blues Legend is Born
This album is a definitive answer to those who wondered if Osborne's talent extended beyond the controversial and poppy hit "One of Us. Read more
Published on October 5, 2002 by Hippolytos
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shame to be so Overlooked...
With the garbage that is out there today, it is such a shame to see Joan Osborne go unnoticed. Righteous Love is a stunning return from a 5 year silence. Read more
Published on September 21, 2002 by John NY
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but disappointing after "Relish"
With its rich fusion of molasses-sweet rhythms and earthy emotion, "Relish" is perhaps the most-played album in my entire collection. Read more
Published on September 11, 2002
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