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Nothing To Crow About
on 23 January 2015
I've always thought of Sheryl Crow as being a very middle of the road artist, kind of like a solo female version of Dire Straits - inoffensive, but not especially appealing. I'd vaguely enjoyed the singles she'd released, but without ever becoming a fan, seeing them as a kind of background music, the kind of pop with a slight country edge that my parents might enjoy, but which never really enticed me to make an album purchase.
This makes me the perfect market for a "Greatest Hits" album. I've often seen "Greatest Hits" albums as a bit of a rip off, usually because they add in a couple of new tracks, or new versions of old song to persuade the dedicated fan of the artist into buying yet another album. This time around, however, I'm the other side of the intended market - the casual fan who may be talked into buying an album by an artist he wouldn't usually and might just be good for repeat business if the material's good enough.
While the album as a whole is harmless, it serves mostly to remind me why I'd never bought a Sheryl Crow album before now. The songs themselves are pretty good individually, but an album of 17 of them together playing for around 72 minutes is a bit too much for my tastes.
This is an album that doesn't quite fit anywhere. The choruses are a little too catchy for it to be background listening, as they can sneak your attention away from something else in parts. At the same time, however, there's nothing really bouncy enough for it to be a party album and it's a little too repetitive to be something you could really listen to over and over. Strangely, this makes it perhaps the ideal CD to play in the car, as it's not quite mundane enough that you could fall asleep at the wheel to it, yet not so catchy it'll take your attention away from the road or inspire you to put your foot down.
If you have a passing interest in Sheryl Crow, as I did, this is the best album of hers to buy, as it's got all of the main songs I can think of included. If you're a pop fan, there might be too much of a country edge for this to appeal yet if you're a country fan, probably not enough. If you're into Dire Straits, it may appeal as it's gone that same largely inoffensive sound and it's pop with a country edge, so Shania Twain and Faith Hill fans might enjoy parts.
There's a lot of music here, but really only 3 or 4 different basic songs, repeated several times over. Someone like me who has enjoyed the singles individually might not be too displeased with this.
My suppositions on Sheryl Crow as an artist are only strengthened by this album and I wish I'd bought it for my Dad, rather than for myself. It passes some time, but there are better ways to spend an hour and a quarter and you'd perhaps be better looking for them instead.
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