Sunday, November 30, 2008

747. Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)


















Track Listing


1. Run, Baby, Run
2. Leaving Las Vegas
3. Strong Enough
4. Can't Cry Anymore
5. Solidify
6. The Na-Na Song
7. No One Said It Would Be Easy
8. What I Can Do For You
9. All I Wanna Do
10. We Do What We Can
11. I Shall Believe

Review

Yes... Sheryl Crow, not very edgy, not an amazing songwriter, particularly if you compare her to her contemporary females we've been having here (Tori, PJ, Aimee, Liz, yes I am on first name basis with all of them). Still I like this album. Call me what you want, I grew up with it. It's completely MOR but it is still getting a 9, deal with it.

I like this album because it is unpretentious, it's music you can listen to with your parents and they'll like it too... I dislike it for the same reasons, it is commercial clearly aimed at a large audience, it doesn't sound very autobiographic or very true to life... it's just what it is. My wife says it's good driving music... I don't know, I can't drive... what kind of man am I? I get my wife to drive me, might as well chop my balls off... but then she'd have no motivation to drive me around.

It is pleasant enough, some of the arrangements are quite good and let's face it Sheryl never made another album which was infinitesimally as good as this one. It often happens with first albums, you use all our good ideas right there and then, then you peaked. Life's not worth living any more, you are not an artist you are just milking your first album, leading people on in the vain hope that they might get something else like it. They won't. (Sponsored by Zoloft)

I drove a go-cart once.

Track Highlights


1. All I Wanna Do
2. Strong Enough
3. Can't Cry Anymore
4. We Do What We Can

Final Grade


9/10 (have a cookie Sheryl, you can go into the light now)


Trivia


From Wikipedia:

The group existed as a casual songwriting collective prior to its association with Crow, but rapidly developed into a vehicle for her debut album after her arrival (she was at the time dating Kevin Gilbert, who actually co-wrote most of the songs for the TNMC album along with Crow, Baerwald, Ricketts, Bottrell, Schwartz and MacLeod). Her relationship with Gilbert became acrimonious soon after the album release and there were disputes about songwriting credits. Crow claimed to have written them in interviews later. Both Gilbert and Baerwald castigated Crow publicly in the fallout, although Baerwald would later soften his position. A similar tension would arise with TNMC member Bill Bottrell after her second album, over which he collaborated, at least in the early stages.

Sheryl, when she was attractive:


1 comment:

Matt said...

Sheryl Crow has always struck me as somebody who could be a really major, quality artist if she wanted to, but she enjoys being a star with her lowest-common denominator adult pop instead.