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Pretty Little Stranger
     

Pretty Little Stranger

5.0 3
by Joan Osborne
 
Anyone familiar with Joan Osborne's exemplary body of work knows she's never been too far removed from the country world -- the Kentucky native has never tried to hide her Bluegrass State drawl, but she's never dug this deep into rustic and New Traditionalist-style country. Produced by Steve Buckingham (architect of Dolly Parton's bluegrass triumphs) and backed by a

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Pretty Little Stranger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Occasionally, if you follow an artist long enough, as a music fan you are blessed with a returning album that reminds you of what it is that you like about ‘your old friend.’ Joan’s newest album is like that for me. Often times, you can almost hear how life has come around full circle in the artist’s voice and lyrics, and this is definitely the case with “Pretty Little Stranger.” In song, Joan speaks to many of life’s experiences: hope and faith, heartbreak and healing, living and learning…like a song from her debut album “Relish,” she sings to every ‘one of us!’ This sultry, blues-meets country rock album is a follow up to Joan’s mid-nineties CD, “Relish,” remember this – ‘what if God was one of us.’ It has a catchy opener, the title track of the album, which has a good, going about your day sort of beat with expressive lyrics like ‘who will the next fool be?’ And it just keeps getting better from there. The CD is a twelve song collection featuring six original tunes written by Joan, including “Who Divided,” “Shake That Devil,” “After Jane,” and the title track “Pretty Little Stranger” – all of which have Joan’s characteristic soulful and smooth sound. But she also does some amazing covers and collaborations with other top Nashville artists on the album. For instance, Alison Krauss is featured on “Holy Waters” which makes “you [burn] up in hot breath” while you sense the “rivers rollin’ out of time.” Beautiful vocals and prayer-like lyrics on this one! I had once read where Joan was touring with the Grateful Dead (post-Jerry Garcia) and was delighted to hear her cover “Brokedown Palace.” She absolutely nails this tune, and I suspect Jerry Garcia smiles down on Joan from Rocker Heaven. Joan also sings Patty Griffin’s “What You Are,” which is probably the hook for me on this CD. “What do you wish you were? Do you wish you were the light of every star? Nobody knows but maybe that’s just what you are.” The bones of “Pretty Little Stranger” and its celestial essence will keep you hanging on – track by track – finding its soothing way into your heart! Joan soars with this album, and its soulful tunes will find its way into your heart too! This is fundamental Joan…no disappointment for buying this CD here!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK- so I like Joan as a blues artist as that is my bag- but hey- this album is freaking awesome-its got 5 or 6 pure country tear jerkers that are amazing- her song writing is way under rated - and well Broke Down Palace- I am not worthy! Joan's voice is pure silk and velvet with a touch of garter belt man-most blues singers pipes are burnt by Joan's age (I saw her in 1992 at the venerable fire trap the Blues Bar off Bleeker and man did I get my world rocked), NOT JOAN baby. It makes lots of sense for her to branch back to country just like one of her mentors old Ray Charles (Spider web) did back in the 60s when his producers thought it would be a career ender. Country has got a bigger tent now and thanks to Joan it just got bigger- I think the best song her might be After Jane and I really liked Dead Roses-course I can not help but feel is a tribute to a time I remember well- honorable mentions to me are Shake that Devil and I think she is gonna sell a lot of albums to many a Red state brother- maybe even convert them to blues.. BP - Old Dead Head from MA...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Occasionally, if you follow an artist long enough, as a music fan you are blessed with a returning album that reminds you of what it is that you like about ‘your old friend.’ Joan’s newest album is like that for me. Often times, you can almost hear how life has come around full circle in the artist’s voice and lyrics, and this is definitely the case with “Pretty Little Stranger.” In song, Joan speaks to many of life’s experiences: hope and faith, heartbreak and healing, living and learning…like a song from her debut album “Relish,” she sings to every ‘one of us!’ This sultry, blues-meets country rock album is a follow up to Joan’s mid-nineties CD, “Relish,” remember this – ‘what if God was one of us.’ It has a catchy opener, the title track of the album, which has a good, going about your day sort of beat with expressive lyrics like ‘who will the next fool be?’ And it just keeps getting better from there. The CD is a twelve song collection featuring six original tunes written by Joan, including “Who Divided,” “Shake That Devil,” “After Jane,” and the title track “Pretty Little Stranger” – all of which have Joan’s characteristic soulful and smooth sound. But she also does some amazing covers and collaborations with other top Nashville artists on the album. For instance, Alison Krauss is featured on “Holy Waters” which makes “you [burn] up in hot breath” while you sense the “rivers rollin’ out of time.” Beautiful vocals and prayer-like lyrics on this one! I had once read where Joan was touring with the Grateful Dead (post-Jerry Garcia) and was delighted to hear her cover “Brokedown Palace.” She absolutely nails this tune, and I suspect Jerry Garcia smiles down on Joan from Rocker Heaven. Joan also sings Patty Griffin’s “What You Are,” which is probably the hook for me on this CD. “What do you wish you were? Do you wish you were the light of every star? Nobody knows but maybe that’s just what you are.” The bones of “Pretty Little Stranger” and its celestial essence will keep you hanging on – track by track – finding its soothing way into your heart! Joan soars with this album, and its soulful tunes will find its way into your heart too! This is fundamental Joan…no disappointment for buying this CD here!!