Wednesday April 6, 2022 08:00 PM EDT
CL's Hal Horowitz Recommends: Soulful pop singer Osborne hasn’t had many hits in the last few decades, but she has kept busy; first by joining the Grateful Dead for a short while, then fronting the harder blues rocking Trigger Hippie outfit. Her later releases haven’t fared particularly well, but all display her tough/tender pipes, gutsy approach and breezy/bluesy style. And, she always brings it live. With a new album out, there is an even larger catalog of songs for her to choose from. — HH
From the venue:Since she broke through 25 years ago with the multi-platinum Relish and its touchstone mega-smash “One of Us,” the seven-time Grammy nominee has never played it safe. Osborne has followed her restless musical heart, exploring a diverse range of genres: pop rock, soul, R&B, blues, roots rock, gospel, funk, and country – all of which can be heard on Trouble and Strife, along with the Western side of C&W and a touch of glam and disco. “For a lot of the record, we were going for a ‘70s AM radio vibe,” says Osborne. Asforthelyrics,thesongs“arethemostpoliticalI’veeverwritten,”sheconveys of her first album of originals since 2014’s confessional Love and Hate. Osborne also produced Trouble and Strife, primarily recorded in her basement studio in Brooklyn and released on the label she founded in 1991, Womanly Hips.