Takes me back
Love the new work. It takes me back to when I fell in love with Sheryl Crow's music.
By Deb Andress
I'm glad I didn't listen to you naysayers when I decided to buy this album! This is a great album - like her old albums!!
By Lulu Pilona
Some of Sheryl's wittiest songs are when she's takes shots at pop culture. But "Woo Woo" is Weird Weird("let's hear it for the skinny girls?") Nothing for the chubby girls- which includes half your audience? "Double bubble a la mode?" She wants to meet people she disagrees with in "Halfway There" but employs every stereotypical caricature in describing them: he in a three piece suit, she in jeans full of holes. News flash: many on the "right" wear blue jeans too. In fact, unlike your Hollywood lefty friends that's all they can afford.
"Be Myself" and "Halfway There" have the groove of her first three albums but are so needlessly repetitive with boring lyrics. ("If I can't be someone else -why would you?- I'm gonna be myself.") They go on and on and on. Yawn.
Clumsy lyrics is the Achilles heel of this album as they've been for Sheryl's albums since CMon. It's clear she bored. "Long Way Home" should have led to something , some insight to being her age. But what we get is "I'm putting down my last cigarette" because "have you ever seen a man have a heart attack"?
" Roller Skate" is fun. " I Don't Want to Grow Up" should be a baby boomer/millennial theme song. I'd be embarrassed to sing it at any age. This album received three star reviews from most rock reviewers including rolling stone meaning her peers weren't too impressed.
Introspection in one's songwriting is great if insight is gained into it and human nature: Sheryl gives us none except that she doesn't want to grow up, she's cleaning up her act, and doesn't much like technology, she wants to be herself because she can't be someone else and skinny girls are cool.
And that's the problem with Sheryl Crow these days: she has nothing interesting or original to say. Shame. Because aging rock stars, if they're talented, have a lot to teach us.
I love this album!!!
If you are a true fan you get it, nothing will ever be like the 1st, 2nd, even 3rd album! , People really need to get over that. This album is great, great song writing and story telling and a lot of fun!!! So excited to see her tonight! I've seen Sheryl Crow about 9 times now and I'm excited to hear this new material live! Not just the old stuff, you can't say she's back, because she's always been extraordinary! I got this album on iTunes and a hard copy, extra songs that are a must to listen to them.
Half way there
By just philip
Great song!! Keep rock'in Sheryl....
I'll admit I almost skipped past this one, Ms. Crow hasn't put out anything I've liked since the '90's. Be Myself and Strangers Again are right up there with anything she's put out, Rollerskate is just a lot of fun to listen to, I love the vocals on this song. This release has a definite '90's vibe to it, it's something that's been missing from her music. Great production as well.
I feel sorry for her and sad for the people that paid money for this album.
So Glad! Songs Make Me Happy!
While I've always been aware of her and liked some of her songs, it wasn't until Sheryl's "100 Miles from Memphis" album and tour that I became a fan. Not necessarily because it was her best stuff, but because I then understood how musically versatile she was. She lost me with the country album (but then, I don't care for country music).
This is the Sheryl Crow I want to hear. Rockin', a little psychedelic, soulful, relevant and thought provoking. This is proof you can evolve musically and still be you. It's been a long time since I've listened to an album and not been disappointed with a single song on it, but I can honestly say there isn't a song on here I don't like. Nothing but good vibrations. If you're an eclectic audiophile, this is may be right up your alley. Thank you, Sheryl! And you're STILL a fox!
What went wrong?
By larry toothbrush
I love Sheryl. For me her 2nd lp was among the best of the 90's. The follow up, The Globe Sessions was also a terrific lp. After that, again for me, with each record the quantity of quality lessened.
This lp is unlistenable.
The Sheryl I’ve missed
I am to happy to hear Sheryl get back to what made her so great. The sound and vibe of "Be Myself" harken back to the glory days of her career and transport the listener back to the raw sound of 1996’s Sheryl Crow album and musical and lyrical hooks of 1998’s Globe Sessions. As a a fan since TNMC, I have missed this aspect of her song writing for the past 10 years while she explored other sounds and expanded her style. This is an album that will grow on you the more you listen to it and will make a fine addition to her amazing body of work.