Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Album: Sheryl Crow,100 Miles from Memphis (Polydor)

100 Miles from Memphis heralds a shift in Sheryl Crow's approach, from bland country-tinged singer-songwriter to blue-eyed soul diva, a move she struggles to carry off with any conviction.

It's one thing to get heavy friends like Keith Richards and Justin Timberlake in to add their guitar and backing vocals respectively to the ersatz reggae tune "Eye to Eye", and a passable cover of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name", but soul music is primarily a matter of vocal excavation of emotion, and Sheryl's equipment is far too puny for the job in hand. Tracks like "Our Love Is Fading" and the single "Summer Day" have the requisite Willie Mitchell-esque arrangements nailed down, but the pitch-perfect cover of "I Want You Back" ironically pinpoints the problem: her singing is so thin it sounds like a boy whose voice has yet to break.

DOWNLOAD THIS Our Love Is Fading; Summer Day

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Leo:

Don't get involved with a hidden intrigue. The drama will be exciting at first, but eventually you will tire of keeping secrets. If someone is interested in you romantically, you shouldn't have to sneak around together. An oppressive work situation may tempt you to quit your job. Try not to discuss your plans with colleagues. You don't want a rival to tell your employer about your resignation until you're ready to tender it. Protect your interests at all costs.More