How Sweet It is

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  • Summary: The onetime budding star (you remember "One Of Us," right?) returns with an album of covers of classic soul and R&B tunes from the 1960s and 70s.
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  1. How Sweet It Is is a rare example of an album of covers that doesn't sound like a holding action, and makes clear Joan Osborne is still an artist well worth watching.
  2. Mojo
    Another stirring record. [Feb 2003, p.88]
  3. What saves her from getting HACK stamped across her forehead is how she chooses to approach the material, meaning she's turned down the notch a couple decibels for the duration of the trip.
  4. Only a singer of Osborne's caliber could pull this off; she's in complete control of her powerful pipes.
  5. Uncut
    She's a brilliant reinterpreter and sounds far happier in Raitt territory than she ever did as a Morissette clone. [Feb 2003, p.84]
  6. Blender
    Osborne clearly believes that her love for this material gives her the right to make it her own--which she does, convincingly. [#10, p.125]
  7. Q Magazine
    While no disaster, the enterprise does smack of Vonda Shepard's coffee shop warbling. [Jan 2003, p.121]

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