Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Sheryl Crow

  • Tuesday Night Music Club [A&M, 1993] Neither
  • Sheryl Crow [A&M, 1996] *
  • The Globe Sessions [Interscope, 1998] *
  • C'Mon, C'Mon [A&M, 2002] C+
  • Wildflower [A&M, 2005] Dud

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Tuesday Night Music Club [A&M, 1993] Neither

Sheryl Crow [A&M, 1996]
thank not just Alanis but Tchad ("The Book," "Home") *

The Globe Sessions [Interscope, 1998]
the most sensible tunes in pop today ("It Don't Hurt," "My Favorite Mistake") *

C'Mon, C'Mon [A&M, 2002]
No dolt, she figures it's in her best interest to sound like one--as well as an insider outsider like Gush and Bore, whose horrible lessons in playing it safe she takes to heart. "We got rockstars in the Whitehouse/All our popstars look like porn," she whines on the first track, which the "hit" tops by claiming, "I don't have diddly squat," while dissing her "friend the communist" (who I bet isn't, and I also bet doesn't deserve the putdown). And those are the good songs. Soon here come Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, turns of phrase like "Lay it like it plays [a little dumb, but OK]/Play it like it lays [wha?]" and "With broken wings we'll learn to fly" and (am I missing some irony here?) "Life is what happens when you're making plans." Over this I'd take not the White House (where she'd go in a second if invited politely) but certainly porn (which I note without prejudice she is). C+

Wildflower [A&M, 2005] Dud