Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. She's not above revisiting periods where the creative process of collaboration was symbiotic as well as successful.
  2. Joan Osborne didn't wander too far from the dynamic "Relish" after it hit in 1995, but her subsequent recordings haven't captured her as wonderfully all-around until Little Wild One.
  3. An earthy soul-rock set that redeems Joan Osborne's occasionally mushy songwriting with full-blooded singing and deep roots-music grooves
  4. The 46-year-old Kentucky native rejoins the production team from her breakthrough on Little Wild One and spins a broad spectrum of rock tapestries married to warm, personal musings centered on a common theme.
  5. Mojo
    Here nothing has changed as she melds all these influences ub a tribute to her now beloved New York. [Dec 2008, p. 100]
  6. The album comes off as polished, tasteful and static, like a still-life, beset with predictable melodies and proficient but less than electrifying vocal performances.
  7. Little Wild One continues to fill out the picture of Joan Osborne as artist, adding new shades of color to the portrait of a confident and exciting songwriter who is comfortable in her skin yet willing to continue striving for excellence.
  8. Q Magazine
    It spares us her bluesy, commercially unfriendly side and as a result she's made her best record since, yes, "Relish."
  9. It isn't as robust--musically or vocally--as their first collaboration.
  10. Uncut
    It's all very well intended, but seldom rises above the superficial. [Dec 2008, p.108]

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