Joan Osborne's 'Bring It On Home' album review

By Drew Barile,

The critically acclaimed hit "One of Us," with its unique point-of-view musing if God were human, brought Joan Osborne mainstream fame in 1996. She has since evolved as an artist and ventured into new genres. Bring It On Home, released in March with much anticipation, is the most recent example of her new sound.

Osborne has been focusing her attention and affinity on American roots music since the early 2000s. Since her move in this direction, she has appeared in the documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Mowtown and been featured on albums such as Speaking in Tongues by the Holmes Brothers.

Bring It On Home features 12 songs which all teeter on the edge of blues and R&B. The album, in turn, is a collection of songs that mirrors those which have inspired her in the first place. It is important to note that the mixture of blues and R&B sounds are not a symptom of indecisiveness on Osborne's part. Rather, they compose a decisively rich and uniquely ubiquitous album that doesn't stick to one genre. The album merges new age vibes with strong attention to what makes blues, blues. The New York Times hailed Osborne's voice as an "angelic ecstasy and sexual abandon."

The song "Bring It On Home" is a strong example of the union between progressive adaption and traditional blues. Osborne's voice is sensual and moving, penetrating the eardrums and seeping into the heart, making listeners feel both love and sadness. The single has a certain Bille Holiday feel with a touch of John Lee Hooker, but the song remains assuredly her own.

Overall, I enjoyed the album and found Joan Osborne to be somatic, warming and vocally delightful. The album is wonderfully fun and heartfelt, and the title piece, for me, was especially admirable.

Here is Osborne's from 1996.

Below is the song Bring It On Home from the album of the same name.

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