Picks and Pans Review: Joan Osborne

updated 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Little Wild One

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REVIEWED BY STEVE DOUGHERTY

COUNTRY ROCK
A Kentucky-born New Yorker who famously imagined God riding a bus on her hit song "One of Us," Osborne returns with a winning album that celebrates the sacred in the city. Her rich vocals, pitched between church soprano and downtown contralto, soar on arrangements that mix old-timey mandolin with the urban pulse of electronic instruments.

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