C'mon, C'mon

C'mon, C'mon

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by Sheryl Crow
     
 

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For much of her career, Sheryl Crow has presented herself as the queen of the party, always ready to have fun and get on a good beer buzz. And while C'mon C'mon -- her first studio album in four years -- has its share of upbeat moments, such as the breezy single "Soak Up the Sun," featuring Liz Phair, the album shows a markedSee more details below

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For much of her career, Sheryl Crow has presented herself as the queen of the party, always ready to have fun and get on a good beer buzz. And while C'mon C'mon -- her first studio album in four years -- has its share of upbeat moments, such as the breezy single "Soak Up the Sun," featuring Liz Phair, the album shows a marked emotional shift on Crow's part. Yes, the disc's surface is dominated by easygoing melodies that channel the Angeleno sound of the late-'70s Eagles and Fleetwood Mac (whose Stevie Nicks provides vocal counterpoint on the title track). But dip beneath the thin layer of warmth, and you'll find Crow hinting broadly at a battle with depression on the pensive "Weather Channel" (on which she gets a hand from Emmylou Harris) and suggesting with her tone for "It's Only Love" that the song's title is anything but indicative of what lies within. A few trips into power-ballad territory -- such as "It's So Easy," a duet with Don Henley -- don't pan out quite as well as the rockers. But even in her current understated mode, Crow hasn't entirely forgotten how to kick out the jams: She sails along in open-highway mode on the chugging opener "Steve McQueen" and manages to match guest Lenny Kravitz strut-for-strut on the instantly infectious "You're an Original." More than any of her previous albums, C'mon C'mon shows a side of Sheryl Crow that's vulnerable, if ultimately resilient. The good-time girl has, it seems, grown up, and transformed herself into an artist with something to say.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard to call The Globe Sessions a stumble, but its stripped-down, straightforwardness paled in comparison to the dark pop-culture kaleidoscope of Sheryl Crow's eponymous second album. That's why C'mon, C'mon, Crow's long-delayed fourth album, is such a delight -- it's the sunny flip side of that masterpiece, a skillful synthesis of classic rock and modern sensibilities that's pretty irresistible. Crow has turned into the professional she always acted she was -- she not only crafts songs impeccably, she knows how to record them, filling the record with interesting sonic details, whether it's the Steve Miller-styled "woo hoo"s on "Steve McQueen" or subtle Mellotrons on "Over You." That kind of sly sonic adventure was missing from Globe Sessions, as was her predilection for almost-absurd lyrical asides -- check the digital cable reference on the lead single, "Soak Up the Sun," along with its opening line of "My friend, the communist" -- and the return of both makes C'mon, C'mon a delightful return to form. There's so much to enjoy on the surface of the record, particularly in its unashamed glossy sheen and classically structured hooks, that it's easy to enjoy just on that level, yet it also works as a set of songs nearly as consistent and rich as those on her second album. Where Sheryl Crow was a quintessential fall album -- even at its happiest, there was an undercurrent of melancholy and weariness -- this is a record designed for the sunkissed open road of spring and summer. Even when she's singing about heartache, there's an assured sense of purpose, even a swagger, to this album that shines through. Yet it doesn't just work a mood, it showcases her skills at a peak. It's Sheryl Crow at her best, delivering music that is firmly rooted in the past, yet recorded and performed with a modern feel and flair, something that was absent from The Globe Sessions. It's pretty much what the follow-up to Sheryl Crow should have been and what she needed to release for her fourth album, but even better than expected.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949326029
catalogNumber:
493260
Rank:
12110

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheryl Crow   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass,Tambo Drums,Moroccan Drum
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Don Henley   Vocals
Lenny Kravitz   Vocals
Stevie Nicks   Vocals
Matthew Brubeck   Cello
Liz Phair   Vocals
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga,Shaker
Keith Ciancia   Organ,Keyboards
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master
Davey Faragher   Upright Bass
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Jill Jaffe   Violin
Brad Jones   Bass
Julia Kent   Cello
Wendy Melvoin   Electric Guitar
Paul Peabody   Violin
Shawn Pelton   Drums,Bells,Loops
Lorenza Ponce   Violin
Craig Ross   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jeremy Stacey   Percussion,Drums,Drum Loop,Toy Piano,Synthesizer Strings,Moog Lead
Peter Stroud   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Wurlitzer,Drum Loop,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Marti Sweet   Violin
Jeff Trott   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Soozie Tyrell   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
Garo Yellin   Cello
Michelle Kinney   Cello
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Debra Shufelt   Viola
Daniel Smith   Cello
Suzie Katayama   Cello,Concert Master
Antoine Silverman   Violin,Concert Master
Joan Wasser   Violin
John Shanks   Bass,Electric Guitar,Sampling,Drum Loop
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Matthew Pierce   Violin
Rudy Stein   Cello
Natalie Maines   Vocals
Joe Deninzon   Violin
Steve Jordan   Drums,Tambo Drums,Moroccan Drum
Hiroko Taguchi   Violin
Gwyneth Paltrow   Vocals
Tim Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Douglas Grean   Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Jeff Anthony   Drums
Michele Richards   Violin
Ron Lawrence   Viola
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Matthew Brubeck   String Arrangements
Chris Reynolds   Engineer
Sheryl Crow   Producer
Keith Ciancia   String Samples
Mitchell Froom   String Arrangements
Thom Panunzio   Engineer
Lorenza Ponce   String Arrangements
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Christopher Shaw   Engineer
Jeremy Stacey   String Arrangements
Peter Stroud   Engineer
Jeff Trott   Producer,drum programming
Scott Weiland   Producer
Howie Weinberg   Mastering
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Eric Tew   Engineer
John Shanks   Producer,Percussion Programming
Roger Lian   Digital Editing
Stephen Weintraub   Executive Producer
Keith Shortreed   Engineer
John Saylor   Engineer
Monique Mizrahi   Engineer
Dean Baskerville   Engineer
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Ross Peterson   Engineer
Keith Schreiner   drum programming
Jeff Anthony   drum programming
Brian Macleod   Drum Fills

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