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Love And Hate (2014)

Artist: Joan Osborne
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Format: CD
Sku: 262726032
UPC: 099923939627
UPC 14: 00099923939627
Release Date: 4/15/2014
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Where We Start
2. Work On Me
3. Mongrels
4. Train
5. Up All Night
6. Not Too Well Acquainted
7. Thirsty For My Tears
8. Love And Hate
9. Kitten's Got Claws
10. Secret Room
11. Keep It Underground
12. Raga

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mark Plati.
Muze PNote Recording information: His House Studio, NYC; Innsbruck Studios, NYC; Lake House Recording Studios, Albrightsville, PA; Red Door Recordings, Philadelphia, PA; Systems Two, NYC; Window Sill Productions, NYC.
Muze PNote Photographer: Jeff Fasano.
Muze PNote After nine previous albums that span musical terrains including mainstream pop, blues, throwback soul, rock, and modern country, singer and songwriter Joan Osborne delivers her first formal "song cycle" on Love and Hate. Co-produced once more with Jack Petruzzelli, these songs (all written or co-written by the artist), with their first-person protagonist, traverse the many stages between the poles reflected in the title -- though thankfully they never quite reach the latter. This record is ultimately a showcase for the songwriter more than it is the singer, one trying to come to grips with mastering this aspect of her craft. In set opener "Where We Start," Osborne is clearly influenced by Van Morrison's trademark weave of jazz and R&B. Its soulful melodic repetition is underscored by a Veedon Fleece-esque string chart, and well-placed use of a Rhodes piano. "Mongrels" and "Kitten's Got Claws" are fine rockers that feature Nels Cline's stinging guitar playing and a female backing chorus that includes Amy Helm, Gail Ann Dorsey, and Catherine Russell, while "Keep It Underground," co-written with Gary Lucas, features the same lineup in a funkier, grittier R&B setting. First single "Thirsty for My Tears" comes close to what passes for contemporary country -- but much is far less slick. "Not Too Well Acquainted" is soulful, jazzy pop that simultaneously recalls Dusty Springfield's kaleidoscopic Philly period and Burt Bacharach's mid-'70s era, with gorgeous string and horn charts. Some of these songs falter. The direct melodic quote from Pink Floyd's "Us and Them" in the opening phrase of the title track is the best part of an otherwise mediocre tune. An attempt at lushly orchestrated gospel-tinged soul in "Train" is too limited melodically to overcome its arrangements."Work on Me" and "Secret Room" use Spanish flamenco and fado-inspired frameworks far too lazily to make them work. The tender yet erotic "Raga" places Petruzzelli's banjo and hand percussion (not tablas) in a mix with acoustic guitars, harmonium, and Cline's lap steel. It simultaneously and successfully juxtaposes East Indian and American folk traditions and closes it all on a high note. Lyrically, Osborne misses at times; she can be too obvious with her metaphors, and use age-old clich?d lines from music history or rhymes that feel stretched to fit. However, these songs are poignant; they present love's many gradations -- its victories, difficulties, and failures -- in a sincere context. Love and Hate is uneven, but is worthwhile for the sheer pleasure and authority in hearing Osborne deliver songs from one of the heart's messiest places. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Joan Osborne; Jack Petruzzelli

Engineer: Pete Keppler; Eric Bazilian; Keith Cotton; Roman Klun; Rich Lamb

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

Largo (Rock)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/08/2014
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2014
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : EOM-CD-9396
Music Label Name Label : eOne
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00099923939627

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Osborne,Joan
Product attributeLabel:   Koch Entertainment
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