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Released: July 20, 2010


Rating: 4.219 (average of 4 ratings)


Genre: pop/rock


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Album Tracks:

  1. Our Love Is Fading
  2. Eye to Eye (with Keith Richards)
  3. Sign Your Name (with Justin Timberlake)
  4. Summer Day
  5. Long Road Home
  6. Say What You Want
  7. Peaceful Feeling
  8. Stop
  9. Sideways (with Citizen Cope)
  10. 100 Miles from Memphis
  11. Roses and Moonlight
  12. I Want You Back


Sales (in millions):

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Peak:

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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Summer Day (2010) --


100 Miles from Memphis
Sheryl Crow
Review:
The title of Sheryl Crow’s seventh album, 100 Miles from Memphis, “refers to Crow’s hometown of Kennett, Mo., 100 miles north of Memphis, where the storied Stax label launched Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and Booker T. Jones and later wormed into the ears of a budding female rocker.” EG Consequently, Crow “ditches her country and pop-rock past in favor of a vintage Memphis-styled, soul-inspired record” WK that “is a statement of purpose, both musical and emotional” AZ which “marks a long-awaited return…to the sounds that first drew her to making music.” AZ

“The title and sound of 100 Miles from Memphis can’t help but recall Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield’s 1969 blue-eyed soul classic, but Sheryl Crow’s 2010 album isn’t quite a strict homage to Dusty.” STE100 Miles from Memphis boasts a considerably more expansive palette than Dusty in Memphis, yet it’s all bonded by its smooth, soulful groove.” STE This album evokes “a time when soul and passion filled the radio waves…Sometimes the musical references – Al Green, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder – are made apparent, but the album’s…songs are characterized more by capturing a classic spirit than by imitating any specific style.” AZ

Billboard magazine says ‘100 Miles is a path Crow was certainly wise to tread’” WK “Crow’s excitement is noticed throughout the record.” WK Mojo says the album “finds Crow in a peaceful state of mind” WK in which “she finally ‘return to her roots’.” WK “Cut mostly live with a regular crew of musicians,” AZ the album was produced by Doyle Bramhall II, who draws kudos in reviews from both the BBC and Mojo magazine, and Justin Stanley, who had worked with Amy Winehouse.

They “nimbly fold rock and reggae into blue-eyed soul, crafting a nostalgic rootsfest suffused with breezy simplicity and sheer joy.” EG The sound is “recognizably Southern yet has a distinctly sunny vibe not too for removed from Crow’s sun-kissed debut Tuesday Night Music Club, of which this shares a similar spirit, if not sensibility. Tuesday Night Music Club is loose and open where this is focused and sustained, maintaining its charming, relaxed groove from beginning to end. There’s an ease to this record that’s not often heard on Sheryl Crow’s albums and its light touch is thoroughly appealing.” STE

“Although an extraordinaire on such instruments as bass, piano and acoustic guitar, Crow concentrates on singing throughout the album, which features several covers.” WK “Citizen Cope appears on a hazy, impassioned” AZ and “anguished” EG “duet of his Sideways, a song Crow says she has long wanted to record and one of several string-heavy arrangements on 100 Miles from Memphis.” AZ

Mojo calls that song and Stop two of Crow’s most “vulnerable and classy performances.” WK The latter is a “spare, dramatic ballad” AZ and “the one song on the album for which Crow has sole writing credit.” AZ It “is a powerful vocal showcase that struggles with some hard truths.” AZ

Overall, this “set of songs… are unusually open and direct for someone often celebrated for the care and craft of her writing.” AZ Summer Day, the “horn-fueled” EG first single, “is a delightfully breezy slice of glory-days AM radio pop” AZ and a “rousing standout.” EG Billboard praises Crow’s “celebratory mind frame and the joyous mood [of that song] as well as Peaceful Feeling and first track Our Love is Fading.” WK “Add to this the extended funk coda of Roses and Moonlight, the hippie singalong” STE “in the gospelized Long Road HomeEG “and one of Crow’s signature good-time social-conscious raising anthems in Say What You Want.” STE

“A few judiciously selected guests round out the proceedings.” EG “Keith Richards’ swagger…noticed on the reggaefield Eye to Eye.” WK In addition, “Justin Timberlake brings a contemporary feel on an ambling, sensual” EG and “sleek reworking” STE “of Terence Trent D’Arby's 1987 smash Sign Your Name that was being recast” AZ in “the cool, seductive ‘70s groove” STE of “Al Green, right down to the distinctive thud of the Hi Records drums.” AZ

“The final surprise, for both the singer and the listener, came out of a run through of an obscure Marvin Gaye song called ‘It’s a Desperate Situation.’ The melody reminded Crow of I Want You Back, the Jackson 5’s breakthrough 1970 hit, and she started singing those words. Her natural vocal range sounds uncannily like Michael Jackson’s, and when Bramhall and Stanley heard it, they insisted on recording the song then and there…[It] was done in one take; they even had to add the song’s introduction afterwards because they had gone straight into the lyric.” AZ

“Crow, of course, first reached the spotlight as a back-up singer with Michael Jackson, and adds that ‘I Want You Back’ was the first single she ever bought. ‘It wasn’t a conscious choice to do an homage, but it wound up being a very bittersweet thing,’ she says. ‘Michael’s death brought a lot of stuff back for me, so it was nice that we could include this.’” AZ

“Knoxville.com calls the album ‘sonically impressive’ and Sheryl Crow’s ‘most ambitious release so far’, although not impressed with her voice, noticing a disconnection with the sound. BBC also gave 100 Miles a positive review, calling it a ‘mix of white soul, rock and reggae’.” WK Finally, USA Today says of the album: “after leaving Missouri and finding fame 16 years ago with L.A.-themed hit ‘All I Wanna Do’, Crow is having some fun in her own backyard. It's a soul-stirring homecoming.” EG


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Last updated July 20, 2010.