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How Sweet It Is

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I'll Be Around
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Think
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How Sweet It Is
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Smiling Faces Sometimes
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Love's in Need of Love Today
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These Arms of Mine
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Only You Know and I Know
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War
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Why Can't We Live Together
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Axis: Bold as Love
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The Weight
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Everybody Is a Star
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 53:12

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One of the better covers albums

madformusic

Great voice, great songs. Only You Know and I Know, Why Can't We Live Together and Axis are great. One of the few albums I can listen to all the way through. Her cover of What Becomes of the Brokenhearted from the Motown tribute is superb as is her version of Midnight Train to Georgia.

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Great chill-out music

My_Nickname

JO is one of those artists I wish I heard more from. This album is the equililent of comfort food - when I need some familar music sung in a comforting way. I don't regret downloading this album.

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I like this album!

nicandry

I am a fan of Joan Osborne. I think she has a great, powerful voice. I really like her interpretation of classic songs. She makes these covers sound fresh and intereresting. Down this and you won't be disappointed!

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HOW SWEET IT IS

BNGOOD2N4ME

THIS IS SOOO HOT SHE KILLS THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE TITLE TRACK EACH CUT SHE COVERS IT HOT AND SHE TRULY ACES IT. GET IT NOW!!

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A Favorite

SinDallas

We play this CD over and over and over. Enough said.

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unnecessary, but nice

EMUSIC-0086C7D6

look, no one's gonna improve on the originals for any of these songs -- but at least Joan does manage to bring her own spin to each -- she reinterprets, rather than merely covers. and with only one or two false steps, she does a very good job. Particularly dig her take on "How Sweet It Is" -- compare it to James Taylor's bland cover (which nevertheless sold far more copies than Gaye's original -- didn't you love the '7os?)

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Overproduced

Ruby

Maybe I've been listening to too many ratty tatty scratchy blues albums, but this album is so slick and produced, I practically feel like I'm listening to FM radio. I can recognize what a great vocalist she is and the backing instrumentation is pretty good, but overall the sound has that slick-ass major label feel that I just can't stand anymore. "War" however, is a pretty badass cover, so I'm snagging that one. "I'll be there," almost captures the nostalgia of the original track, it's just smoother.

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Covers done right

svenden

There is nothing worse in music than a cover song that doesn't offer anything new. Joan clearly understands this, because each cover on this album is a surprising, successful alternate vision of an old classic. You can enjoy all of these songs without feeling the need to compare them to the originals. If you're looking to dabble, start with Love's in Need of Love Today and the beautifully paired War and Why Can't We Live Together. Give them a listen and then get the rest.

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How Sweet It Is

ppalo

Sometimes you strike gold here. I saw Joan on the documentary on Motown. This is a continuation of those songs she does with amazing soulful style. This is a must have. Don't let this slip by. Paul Palo

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Great almost perfect

mrsoulmusic

This is one of my all time favorite CDs. Her version of "Think" should do it if nothing else will. Get this one.

They Say All Music Guide

While 1995′s Relish proved Joan Osborne was a smart and idiosyncratic lyricist with a big, strong and soulful voice, the unexpected success of the album (and the single “One Of Us”) proved to be as much of a burden as a blessing. Touring kept Osborne out on the road for the next few years, and troubles with her record company prevented her follow-up, Righteous Love, from arriving in stores until 2000, after which it died quickly on the vine (though the album deserved a better fate). As Osborne was blocking out plans for her next album in the fall of 2001, the terrorist attacks of September 11 upended her musical priorities, and for How Sweet It Is, Osborne has indulged herself in the musical equivalent of comfort food by cutting covers of a dozen classic soul and R&B tunes from the 1960s and ’70s, with the exception of three reworked rock numbers (Dave Mason’s “Only You Know and I Know,” the Band’s “The Weight,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Axis: Bold As Love”). While Osborne devotes herself to vintage material here, for the most part she avoids a retro vibe and, thankfully, avoids the contemporary failing of proving one’s soulfulness by bending vocal lines into uncontrollable spasms of melisma. Here, Osborne merges passion with simplicity, while most of the tunes are recast in clean, spare arrangements which capture the classic lines of their melodies without sounding like retreads. And in a season of loss, fear, and mistrust, “Smiling Faces Sometime,” “Why Can’t We Live Together,” and “Love’s in Need of Love Today” sound potent and almost painfully relevant in this context, while the bluesy pleasures of “These Arms of Mine” and “I’ll Be Around” feel as comforting as a hug and a cup of cocoa. 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. – Mark Deming

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