"Such a muddy line between the things you want
And the things you have to do" - From Leaving Las Vegas
My Opinions and Recommendations
Sheryl Crow has become a pretty popular lady. I got her first CD that came out, Tuesday Night Music Club, when I was still in high school. I liked the rock/country style that she managed to pull off. From this CD she has only gotten bigger. Now she is practically an institution. She has done duets with many other famous acts and has even released a popular CD with some of these duets. As for her first album, my favorite song on it is the last track, I Shall Believe. I also like the angrier side of Sheryl that is demonstrated in the song Solidify.
The Globe Sessions seems very dark and sarcastic. It manages to critique a lot of what is happening in the world today, especially in the hidden track, Subway. I really enjoy Mississippi a lot, too. This CD has a very folky sound mixed with some rock. It is not very pop sounding, and that may be why I enjoy it more than some of her other albums.
I think Sheryl's album C'mon C'mon demonstrates how much she has grown from the first CD. She is very happy, even when singing some of the sadder songs. My favorite song on the album is Diamond Road which has a great melody. I also really like the opening track Steve McQueen, and of course the hit Soak up the Sun.
If C'mon C'mon had a harder, rock sound, Wildflower is its opposite. This album is full of slower songs that mellow me out. I like the first single, Good Is Good, a lot. Sheryl stays at the smooth, calm level of this song throughout most of the album. I think the song Always On Your Side really shows off her amazing voice though. This song has an old sound to it that would have made it a hit in the 1930s.
If you want to hear other artists that sound like Sheryl, try Shelby Lynne. She mixes folk and rock in the same way that Sheryl does. They are both single female artists that dominate the stage when they are on it. Also, listen to Liz Phair. She is a little bit more folk than rock, but her voice is similar to Sheryl's. Finally, put Bree Sharp into your CD player. Bree is more rock than folk and country, but she is like a young Sheryl Crow in my mind.
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