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Relish

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by Joan Osborne
 

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"Relish" can be a sharp, bittersweet condiment; it can also suggest a determined gusto to live to the fullest. Combined, these two images provide a good taste of Joan Osborne's major-label debut (the live Soul Show was self-released in 1992). Grounded in blues, soul and gospel, the Kentucky native wields her gritty voice with personality and forceful presence,

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"Relish" can be a sharp, bittersweet condiment; it can also suggest a determined gusto to live to the fullest. Combined, these two images provide a good taste of Joan Osborne's major-label debut (the live Soul Show was self-released in 1992). Grounded in blues, soul and gospel, the Kentucky native wields her gritty voice with personality and forceful presence, kind of Melissa Etheridge meets Sophie B. Hawkins with a splash of Jann Arden. Osborne's passion for life oozes from the grooves. There's an uplifting fervor to her material and delivery, as if every second, every note was being individually savored. Key track "One of Us" sets the disc's optimistic tone. It's a simple, direct statement of faith, honest and unadorned, one framed in a near-perfect chorus and delectable Neil Young-ish guitar riff. This isn't one of those sugary, superficial, goody-two-shoes Amy Grant kind of deals. "Right Hand Man" and "Let's Just Get Naked" confirm that Osborne's earthy, enlightened spirituality shares the same bed with sensuality and sexuality. Well-rounded both lyrically and musically, there's also no contradiction in this universe between "Lumina"'s thoughtful balladry and the wailing harp and acoustic slide bursting the seams of "Help Me."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/1995
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731452669926
catalogNumber:
526699
Rank:
53707

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Performance Credits

Joan Osborne   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Egan   Bass
Omar Hakim   Drums
Gary Lucas   Guitar
Eric Bazilian   Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Saxophone,Chant
Larry Campbell   Fiddle
Rick Chertoff   Percussion
Rick DiFonzo   Acoustic Guitar
Rob Hyman   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Andy Kravitz   Percussion,Drums
Sammy Merendino   Drums
Chris Palmaro   Organ,Fiddle,Electric Piano,Mellotron
Catherine Russell   Background Vocals
William Wittman   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wade Schuman   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Rick Chertoff   Producer
Rob Hyman   Engineer
Sammy Merendino   Contributor,Rhythm Collage
William Wittman   Engineer
Joan Osborne   Illustrations
Chris Thompson   Illustrations

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Relish 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joan Osborne's music and essence makes me feel... soothed. She has a deep-rooted sense of optimisim and appreciation for life which spirals along with her raw passion and sensuality. She is the ultimate nature girl, and sophisticated goddess all-in-one and she is one of us.