How Sweet It is - Joan Osborne
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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. 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.
  2. 80
    Another stirring record. [Feb 2003, p.88]
  3. 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.
  4. 70
    How Sweet It Is shows Osborne's strength as an interpreter far more than her already-established singing talent.
  5. Only a singer of Osborne's caliber could pull this off; she's in complete control of her powerful pipes.
  6. 60
    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. While no disaster, the enterprise does smack of Vonda Shepard's coffee shop warbling. [Jan 2003, p.121]

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