JOAN OSBORNE – ” Trouble And Strife “

Posted: December 21, 2020 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Joan Osborne is back with “Trouble And Strife”, her first album of original material in six years. The album finds the gifted vocalist offering a strong yet uplifting response to some of the socio-political issues plaguing our nation over the last several years. Osborne beautifully balances the weight of her messages with solace and optimism. A quarter-century after “One of Us,” Osborne remains an undervalued resource as interpreter (her Dylan covers), band member (an early member of Trigger Hippy), and record maker (check out later work like 2014’s Love and Hate). She’s always been adept at making roots music sound saucily modern and vivacious rather than dutiful, an approach that continues on Trouble and Strife. Even when she adheres to soul and R&B basics, she’s not afraid to have her musicians toss in a proggy synth or metallic guitar, and she still sings with a throaty purr that nods to the past but never feels simply imitative of anything. For added contemporary flavour, this album of largely Osborne originals is also among her most sombre, addressing immigration (“What’s That You Say”), cultural corruption (“Hands Off”), sexual identity (“Boy Dontcha Know”), and the age of misinformation (“That Was a Lie”). The world’s a mess, but Trouble and Strife makes it sound like a place you’d still want to visit now and then.

Times are tough right now, but luckily we have a new Joan Osborne album to raise our spirits. With Trouble and Strife the singer/songwriter returns to tender folk-country, and it’s an oasis in times of madness.

“To all the fans who have been waiting, I’m very excited to announce the new album “Trouble and Strife” is out today!! My first collection of original songs in 6 years, this record wrestles with our turbulent times by using the power that music has to energize and lift us up. Thanks to the amazing musicians who brought these songs to life

For her new album, she enlisted a large live band (including several musicians who played on her last album, Songs of Bob Dylan), featuring guitarists Jack Petruzzelli, Nels Cline and Andrew Carillo, keyboardist Keith Cotton, bassist Richard Hammond, drummer Aaron Comess and vocalists Catherine Russell, Ada Dyer, Martha Redbone and Audrey Martells.

Joan Osborne “Take It Any Way I Can Get It” off the upcoming album “Trouble and Strife” out September 18th, 2020.

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