David Browne
September 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Righteous Love

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joan Osborne
Producers
Interscope
genre
Rock

We gave it an B

Bowing to no trends, Joan Osborne’s return offers up sturdy, moody blues chronicles of romantic obsession and paranoia (”Angel Face,” ”Safety in Numbers”); her warm, baby doll rasp; and stonewashed arrangements occasionally spiced with Middle Eastern accents. By the quasispiritual ”Poison Apples (Hallelujah),” she’s even worked out her love life, for now.

What’s missing on Righteous Love is all out excitement: the sexy holy soul that made Relish a goosebump raiser. It’s good to hear Osborne’s mojo working again, but love should be galvanic as well as righteous. B

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