** 1/2 Joan Osborne, “Righteous Love,” Interscope.

Five years after her debut, Osborne finally returns with an album (in stores Tuesday) focused less on the proven pop formula of her hit “One of Us” and more on quirky, multi-layered rock. Producer Mitchell Froom adds offbeat texture to the singer’s rich vocals. And Osborne makes some interesting song choices, from Gary Wright’s now-obscure ‘70s hit “Love Is Alive” to Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” The result leaves this bluesy shouter (who plays Monday at the Sun Theatre and Tuesday at the House of Blues) far less strident than Melissa Etheridge, but still short of Bonnie Raitt at her best.


Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). The albums are already released unless otherwise noted.