Performer: Sheryl Crow
Artist: Neil Finn; Mitchell Froom; Steve Berlin; Bob Stewart; Curtis Fowlkes; Dave Douglas
Producer: Sheryl Crow...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Personnel: Sheryl Crow (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, Hammond organ, harmonium, keyboards, bass, Wurlitzer, pennyosley, loops); Jeff Trott (vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar, loops); Neil Finn (vocals); Todd Wolfe (electric guitar, guitar); Steve Donnelly (electric guitar, dobro); RSBryan (guitar); Jane Scarpantoni (strings); Mitchell Froom (harmonium, keyboards); Steve Berlin (saxophone); Bob Stewart, Curtis Fowlkes, Dave Douglas, Josh Roseman (horns); Davey Faragher, Dan Rothchild, Tad Wadhams, Anders Rundblad (bass); Wally Ingram (drums, djembe); Brian MacLeod (drums, loops); Pete Thomas, Jim Keltner, Michael Urbano (drums). Engineers include: Trina Shoemaker, Blair Lamb, Tchad Blake. Recorded at Sunset Sound Factory and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California; Kingsway Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. SHERYL CROW won a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. "If It Makes You Happy" won a 1997 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. "Everyday Is A Winding Road" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy for Record Of The Year. Personnel: Sheryl Crow (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Jeff Trott (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Neil Finn (vocals); Steve Donnelly, Todd Wolfe (guitar, electric guitar, dobro); Anders Rundblad (guitar); R.S. Bryan (wah-wah guitar); Jane Scarpantoni (strings); Steve Berlin (saxophone); Curtis Fowlkes, Josh Roseman, Dave Douglas , Bob Stewart (horns); Mitchell Froom (harmonium, keyboards); Michael Urbano (drums, snare drum); Wally Ingram (drums, djembe); Pete Thomas , Brian Macleod , Jim Keltner (drums). Audio Mixer: Tchad Blake. Recording information: Kingsway Studio, New Orleans, LA; Sunset Sound Factory, L.A., CA. Photographers: Steen Sundland; James Minchin; Stephanie Pfriender. Unknown Contributor Roles: Jeff Trott; Mitchell Froom; Sheryl Crow. Since crashing the gates with 1993's TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB, Sheryl Crow's brand of melodic pop has won her some Grammys and kept her constantly on the road. On the followup album, the one-time background singer retains her sweet delivery laced with gruff edges, while painting her sunny sound with darker shadings. Quirky characters and situations continue to inhabit Crow's songs, whether it's holy rollers and government conspirators ("Maybe Angels") or a homeless evangelist proselytizing outside a supermarket ("Hard To Make A Stand"). While Crow could easily content herself by writing about assorted oddballs, real-life manifests itself assuredly on SHERYL CROW. Her trip to entertain troops in war-torn Bosnia is reflected in the wasted virtues and exploding shells of "Redemption Day." And in "Love Is A Good Thing," she sings pointedly about firearm sales and their consequences.
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.140) - Ranked # 44 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.54) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's." Rolling Stone (10/3/96, pp.69-71) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...SHERYL CROW...finds the singer more forcefully asserting her own voice as an artist and a woman....she operates more like a leader than a club member this time, writing a few songs independently and imbuing all them with a greater sense of who she is....The lyrics seem grittier and more intimate..." Spin (11/96, p.121) - 8 (out of 10) - "...bigger beats and dirtier guitar/keyboard effects....Nothing extreme, perhaps, but almost psychedelic when joined to big mainstream melodies....It just sounds gorgeous, and current...pop musicians will be learning from it for years to come." Entertainment Weekly (12/27/96-1/3/97, p.148) - Ranked #7 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the "Top 10 Albums And Singles Of 1996." Entertainment Weekly (9/27/96, pp.76-78) - "...Crow doesn't expose that much of herself on SHERYL CROW--she's an emotional centrist. But at the very least, she's building a bridge to a lasting career." - Rating: A- Q (12/99, p.90) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.140) - Ranked # 44 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" 1990s." Q (1/94, p.82) - Included in Q's list of 'The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...a mature, progressive, marvelous new record..." Q (11/96, p.124) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...radio friendly, not too self-important, light on its feet, sometimes too ready to disclaim any serious intent..." Village Voice (3/94, p.5) - Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll. Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #26 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
With her hook-filled pop tunes, highly developed melodic sensibility, and pin-up girl looks, Sheryl Crow appealed to a wide audience in the 1990s. Garnering platinum albums, hit singles, and even the tacit approval of rock's old guard, Crow proved to be the pre-eminent female singer-songwriter of the era. In 2002, four years after her previous album, she returned with another fine set of tunes, revealing that her appeal extends beyond the 20th century.
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