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Pretty Little Stranger

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Pretty Little Stranger

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

We gave it an A-

Anyone familiar with Joan Osborne’s riveting ’95 breakthrough Relish (beyond its anomalous ”what if God was one of us” pop smash) shouldn’t be surprised that she’s taken her bluesy roots-rock sensibility and driven it through Nashville with Pretty Little Stranger. What is a surprise is how seamlessly her own writing stands up next to gems from Kris Kristofferson and Rodney Crowell. We know Osborne can sing like Joplin, but here she mostly goes for a creamier country-soul sound (with assists from Alison Krauss and Vince Gill), and the result is terrific and timeless.

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