Joan Osborne, 'Mongrels': Exclusive Song Premiere

Joan Osborne
 Jeff Fasano

Joan Osborne

On April 8, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne will treat her devoted fans to a new studio album called "Love and Hate." Billboard has an exclusive first look at its new song "Mongrels."

"Love and Hate" is the eighth studio album and Entertainment One Records debut for the singer best known for her 1995 hit "One of Us," which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100. However, Osborne's catalog runs much deeper, as she's since sustained a career on her own terms that's included seven Grammy nominations, one of them for Best Blues Album for her 2012 set "Bring It On Home."

For that album and "Love and Hate," Osborne collaborates with producer/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli. Below, watch the pair discuss the inspiration behind "Mongrels," a track which came along at the very end of the "Love and Hate" sessions:

"There was this image I had in my head of this couple always battling each other and not being able to extract themselves from this war they're in," Osborne says. "To me, they're like these two dogs under the table fighting over the table scraps not realizing there's another thing above them they could be enjoying."

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Osborne had been writing and recording "Love and Hate" over the past seven years -- a period during which she released two other albums. During the creative process, Osborne found inspiration in poetry, film and short stories, hoping to explore aspects of love not commonly seen in music. The singer-songwriter feels each track on the new album tackles a different aspect of love: "Love isn't just one thing; it encompasses faith, passion, power struggles, humor, anguish, spirituality, lust, anger, everything on that spectrum."

Along with Petruzzelli, Osborne's new album features contributions from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Spin Doctors drummer Aaron Comess, and backup vocals by Gail Ann Dorsey, Catherine Russell and Ollabelle member Amy Helm.


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