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REQUIRED LISTENING: a musician's personal notes about favorite artists.

Breakfast in Bed.
Joan Osborne has been one of my favorite singers for over a decade. Her raspy voice lends itself to many genres, but none more than Soul. Breakfast in Bed is a collection 70s Soul re-do's PLUS a few originals. The songs flow together seamlessly.

Joan's voice has never been better and it's obvious that she loves the material. My only (very small) grip is the choice of two very well known covers, "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Ain't No Sunshine". BUT, in retrospect, these songs are designed to draw in the casual listener to what's to follow. "I've Got to Use My Imagination" is excellent up tempo Soul; "Break Up to Make Up" is silky late night soul; and "Kiss and Say Good-bye" is a perfect vehicle showcasing Joan Osborne's ability to take a song to new heights.

What's really special is the quality of the original songs, if you didn't know better you'd think you'd heard them before. They fit in that well. "I Know What's Going On", "Heart of Stone", "Eliminate the Night" and "Cream Dream" stand toe-to-toe with the other Soul classics. Every song in Breakfast in Bed is delivered direct from a singer who knows how to get the most out of any song.

posted: July 2007.


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