Thursday 9/22/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Sheryl Crow (1996)

Sheryl Crow is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow, released on September 24, 1996, by A&M Records. Unlike its predecessor Tuesday Night Music Club, which was written by a casual collective formed by Crow and several other musicians, Sheryl Crow was entirely produced by Crow, who wrote most of the songs alone or with only one collaborator. Most of the album was recorded at Kingsway Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana. The album covers topics of American life, relationship breakups, and moral and ethical issues, while encompassing a variety of music genres such as rock, blues, alternative rock, country, and folk.

Sheryl Crow was a commercial success, being certified 3× platinum by the RIAA and 3× platinum by the BPI. It reached No. 6 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart and produced five singles, including the international hit “If It Makes You Happy”. The album received very positive reviews from critics, who praised its intricate production and Crow’s louder and more assured singing. At the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, the album was awarded Best Rock Album and Crow received the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance award for “If It Makes You Happy”. Retrospectively, it is often regarded as Crow’s best album.

  1. “Maybe Angels” 4:56
  2. “A Change Would Do You Good” 3:50
  3. “Home” 4:51
  4. “Sweet Rosalyn” 3:58
  5. “If It Makes You Happy” 5:23
  6. “Redemption Day” 4:27
  7. “Hard to Make a Stand” 3:07
  8. “Everyday Is a Winding Road” 4:16
  9. “Love Is a Good Thing” 4:43
  10. “Oh Marie” 3:30
  11. “Superstar” 4:58
  12. “The Book” 4:34
  13. “Ordinary Morning” 3:55
  14. “Free Man” 3:20

Sheryl Crow – lead vocals, background vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonium, keyboards, Moog bass, Hammond organ, piano, Wurlitzer, pennyosley, loops, producer
Steve Berlin – saxophone
R.S. Bryan – wah wah guitar
Steve Donnelly – dobro, electric guitar
Dave Douglas – horn
Davey Faragher – fuzz bass
Neil Finn – background vocals
Curtis Fowlkes – horn
Mitchell Froom – assistant producer, harmonium, horn arrangements, keyboards, string arrangements
Wally Ingram – drums, djembe
Jim Keltner – drums
Brian MacLeod – drums, loops
Josh Roseman – horn
Dan Rothchild – bass guitar
Anders Rundblad – bass guitar, acoustic guitar
Jane Scarpantoni – strings
Bob Stewart – horn
Pete Thomas – drums
Jeff Trott – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals, loop
Michael Urbano – drums, snare drums, loop
Tad Wadhams – bass guitar
Todd Wolfe – dobro, electric guitar

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