Crow - The Globe Sessions
Sheryl Crow is back with her third full-length major label
release. Most of you probably remember her breakthrough
album, Tuesday Night Music Club, with the hit "All
I Wanna Do (Is Have Some Fun)." Her second album
was a smash as well, probably doing a better job of getting
her name out than the first. Sheryl Crow included
such singles as "If It Makes You Happy" and "Everyday
is a Winding Road." The new album's first single
is "My Favorite Mistake" and has been receiving
heavy rotation on the radio as well as MTV.
The new album is
somewhat different than her previous works, focusing more
on the music than before. The attention has been taken
away from catchy-pop riffs, working for a more artistic approach.
The guitars are more raw, with heavier chords. There
is actually a guitar solo on the disc, in "It Don't Hurt".
Led Zeppelin is a definite influence in the guitar style found
on this disc. It is especially apparent in "Riverwide"
which is slightly reminiscent of "Kashmir."
"There Goes the Neighborhood" includes alto sax
accompaniment, providing a backup solo in parts. And
"It Don't Hurt" contains harmonica backup and solo
work. Another addition is that of strings on some tracks,
adding a bit of depth to the music.
What about the
vocals? Well she has gone places there too. She
sounds more mature, if not more depressing on this album than
on those past. Yes, I know she has never been the happy-go-lucky
type, but this one sounds sadder than earlier ones.
She uses her voice as a musical instrument more as well, keying
in to the other instruments and complimenting their sound.
In sync with that more depressed song is the seeming lack
of radio hit music. There are not as many radio-friendly
tracks on The Globe Sessions as on Sheryl Crow.
This can be a good thing though - maybe that way I will not
be bombarded with Sheryl Crow all the time.
Well I suppose
you would like an overall comment on the album. Should
you buy it? I really don't care all that much if you
do or not. I have the album and that is all that matters
to me. It is quality work, much more musical than her
early stuff. If you are a fan of her pop sound, you
may be disappointed, because the only two songs that are even
close to pop on this album are "My Favorite Mistake"
and "Members Only". The first of which is
on the radio, so you can hear it all the time anyway.
The second is a little too lyrically harsh to be a radio song,
unless they want to play "And
all the white folks shake their asses/ Looking for the two
and four/ I'll have mine in martini glasses/ 'Cause I can't
take it anymore." It would be a nice single, but
we will have to see. If you want to hear what I am talking
about, go get the disc. I already have, and it was well