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Detours

Sheryl Crow

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With 2008’s Detours, Sheryl Crow has made her most personal album to date without sacrificing her innate pop charms. Usually when an artist turns introspective, the results are difficult, less accessible and idiosyncratic. But without losing her tight connection to the songwriting muse Crow attacks the geo-political situation (“God Bless This Mess,” “Shine Over Babylon,” “Gasoline”), explores her personal dealings with breast cancer (“Make it Go Away (Radiation Song)”), her difficult relationships (“Diamond Ring” about Lance Armstrong) and her new life as the mother of an adopted son (“Lullaby for Wyatt”), all with a grace and professionalism that makes for personally affecting listening. Crow reunited with producer Bill Bottrell who helmed her 1993 breakthrough Tuesday Night Music Club and together they maintain the sense of play in her music. The cheerleading chants of “Out of Our Heads,” the ‘70s soul swagger of “Now That You’re Gone,” the sweet melodic arc of  “Drunk With the Thought Of You” and the plush radio pop of “Love is All There Is” display Crow’s great stylistic range and ability to rise to any challenge.

Customer Reviews

Sheryl Crow - not just pop, but folky

Detours is extremely politically, and is based on New Orleans when Katrina hit and our current government. This album is very mature and has some great tunes on it. Shine Over Babylon and Love Is Free are instant hits that are really catchy after a few listens. Every song contains a lot of lyrics for the most part. She wrote a lot for this album, and she focuses on lyrics more-so than musical quality. Many of the tunes are your basic Verse- Chorus- Verse- Chorus, and it usually doesn't have any texture to it. At first I was hoping this would be like her old albums like TNMC or Sheryl Crow, or even the Globe Sessions. B/c honestly, C'mon C'mon was pure garbage. It contains a mix of her old and new stuff. I think old and new fans will like this album. Songs like Diamond Ring are interesting tracks vocally. In parts of it, her voice is very raspy. I wonder if it was left intentionally for the effect of the song. Gasoline is probably my favorite because its upbeat, rocky, groovy, and has a good vibe to it. Make It Go Away are just different for Sheryl, and I love that she's expanding her music to something different. The best track, by far, is Lullaby for Wyatt. It's just beautiful. An instant classic for Sheryl Crow. Songs like "God Bless This Mess" and "Out of Our Heads" sounds like old folky songs that were written in the late 60's. "Out of Our Heads" sounds like something John Lennon would write when he wrote the song "Give Peace a Chance". The only difference is that John doesn't use happy/poppy sounds to it. This has that good vibe message upbeat feel to it. I'm not so sure about how I feel about this song. Overall, interesting album. Very political, and very folky. Completely different feel and sound than Wildflower was. If you expect this to be Wildflower, you are in for a major disappointment.

Detours In The Right Direction

The last few years have been a challenge for the rock crooner: Broken engagement, breast cancer battle, and adoption of a child. But Crow proves to us that hardships make for a great muse. "Detours" is a brilliantly crafted album that brings Sheryl back in true form; she embraces her rock roots and sings passionately about the world around us. Teaming up with the same producer that helped create her acclaimed album, "Sheryl Crow" in the early 90s, Crow insists on pushing herself through eclectic and meaningful music. "Peace Be Upon Us" is a fine example; a song that is strange yet provocative. Most of the first half with "Detours" is politically and environmentally driven on subject matter. One of my main favorites, "Gasoline", is a retro 70s sounding rock chant. "Love Is Free" is a song inspired by my hometown of New Orleans, and I'm happy to say that it's a toe-tapping and smartly written piece of music. The album slows down a bit mid-way through with the focus more on Sheryl's personal struggles. The haunting "Diamond Ring" has Sheryl singing veraciously about a broken love, while on the eye-opening song "Make It Go Away" Sheryl confesses her fears about breast cancer. I'd have to say that "Lullaby for Wyatt" is my favorite track. The song's soft melodic flow is calming, and Sheryl sings so beautifully. Without a doubt, "Detours" is one of the first brilliant albums of 2008. I think Sheryl sums everything up perfectly with this quote, "I'm really encouraging artists to write about what's going on, because we seem to be very distracted by some lightweight topics. I think it's time to start writing about the reality of what's around us."

Good Follow Up to Wildflower....

Although I loved Wildflower, Detours really shows Sheryl's deep feelings and concerns. It addresses her concern of global warming in particular... Her voice is amazing here as it always is.. I particularly love "Lullaby for Wyatt" because it is full of such love and tenderness. It really captures the way a parent feels for their child. Other songs such as God Bless This Mess, Love is Free, Peace Be Upon Us are more upbeat and are very "Sheryley".... All in all I am happy with CD and I am so happy that Sheryl seems to be doing so well in her life right now.

Biography

Born: February 11, 1962 in Kennett, MO

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Sheryl Crow's fresh, updated spin on classic roots rock made her one of the most popular mainstream rockers of the '90s. Her albums were loose and eclectic on the surface, yet were generally tied together by polished, professional songcraft. Crow's sunny, good-time rockers and world-weary ballads were radio staples for much of the '90s, and she was a perennial favorite at Grammy time. Although her songwriting style was firmly anchored to the rock tradition, she wasn't a slave to it — her free-associative,...
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