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Joan Osborne and pianist Keith Cotton wowed a sold-out crowd at Anthology Friday night. Though it seemed she was fighting a sore throat — drinking hot tea and clearing her throat between songs — Osborne's singing was not affected. She had impressive range from the opening notes of “St. Theresa” to the closing notes of her encore, the Grateful Dead’s “Stella Blue.”

In between, she covered every genre of music, from jazz to pop, blues to ballads, rock to R&B. She sang a couple new songs from an as-yet-unreleased album entitled Love and Hate, including the title track, co-written with Cotton. She sang a cover of Van Morrison's “Tupelo Blues” as well as an unplugged version of the Funk Brothers’ “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.” And, of course, she sang her self-described “only hit,” “One of Us.” After the show, Joan and Keith hung out and signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans.

  • Concert: Joan Osborne
  • Date: October 22
  • Venue: Anthology
  • Seats: Balcony
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Alan Segal Oct. 26, 2010 @ 12:46 p.m.

thanks for the review. I would have loved to see her at such a great club as Anthology. I wonder how crowded it was? She is one of my favorites and an immensely talented vocalist for all different types of songs from rock to R and B to pop. Her covers of Motown are fantastic, and you got to hear one live, lucky you and the rest of the audience. I don't know why she is not a bigger star then she is? I would have really liked to hear her do the Grateful Dead song. The whole time she toured with them, doesn't seem to be available on CDs or DVDs?

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