Joan Osborne’s early recordings ROCK!

These days the incredible voice  of Joan Osborne seems repressed and supressed by gentle pop tones in sad contrast to her intense versitility on  Relish–which apparently was was too diverse both musically and content-wise for some easy marketing audiences.   But I still hold out hope that one day Joan’s pipes will once again bellow with the beautiful unrestrained passions that rip through the songs on Joan Osborne: early recordings.  Oh yeah, what power! What depth! What guts! With a voice like that she ought to take over the music world at large.  “If God Were One of Us” was the palest shadow on Relish and holds no candle to any track on ‘early recordings’ .  “Fingertips” ain’t no wishy washy lovey dovey song, but one hot no holds barred yell from a  headlong fall in to an abyss of passion. “Match Burn Twice” shows there are no flukes when it comes to expressing physical love’s glories. She makes “Son of a Preacher Man” all her own.  If “What You Gonna  Do” doesn’t chill you to your core, then you ain’t listening.  “Flyaway” –what can I say about the lead song? She got my attention immediately the very first time I heard this album and held it for whatever was coming next.  I don’t think a singer can lose such distinctive qualities forever so I hold out for the album when Joan’s voice again goes full blast no matter what the lyrics—a sort of ode to the true power of song. Quit ‘hiding’ Joan—SING SING SING like your life depends on it again! Like on “His Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles.”


  1. Skip Dekades said,

    July 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I love her “Son of Preacher Man” cover. That one rocks! She needs to replicate that kind of quality.

    • July 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

      We are of the same mind/ear on that score. Anyone else care to share their favorite Joan vocal effort?

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