Globe Sessions

Globe Sessions

4.8 7
by Sheryl Crow
     
 

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Sheryl Crow wrote many of her GLOBE SESSIONS songs on bass and the effect is obvious. Although she sings about the frustrations of relationships, the songs (especially "Anything But Down," "Members Only," and "My Favorite Mistake") have taut, muscular rhythms -- proof that it pays to have a solid foundation. Throughout, Crow believes in love as emotional extremity… See more details below

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Sheryl Crow wrote many of her GLOBE SESSIONS songs on bass and the effect is obvious. Although she sings about the frustrations of relationships, the songs (especially "Anything But Down," "Members Only," and "My Favorite Mistake") have taut, muscular rhythms -- proof that it pays to have a solid foundation. Throughout, Crow believes in love as emotional extremity rather than rapturous compromise, and these songs chronicle her experiences with warmth and humor. On "It Don't Hurt," she describes a home redecoration undertaken to erase the memory of an ex: down comes the wallpaper, in goes the carpet, then she rewires (and cruises the electrician). By the end, though, Crow has "packed up and moved out after all/Bulldozed the house and watched it fall/That blessed sight I still recall," admitting that "It don't hurt like it did/It hurts worse/Who do I kid?" Such candor typifies the record -- Crow may model Tommy Hilfiger threads, but here she's naked as a jay bird.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since her dense, varied, postmodernist eponymous second album illustrated that Sheryl Crow was no one-album wonder, she wasn't left with as much to prove the third time around. Having created an original variation on roots rock with Sheryl Crow, she was left with the dilemma of how to remain loyal to that sound without repeating herself on her third album, The Globe Sessions. To her credit, she never plays lazy, not when she's turning out Stonesy rockers ("There Goes the Neighborhood") or when she's covering Dylan (the remarkable "Mississippi," an outtake from Time Out of Mind). However, she has decided to abandon the layered, yard-sale production and pop culture fixations that made Sheryl Crow a defining album of the mid-'90s. The Globe Sessions, instead, is the work of a craftswoman, one who knows how to balance introspective songs with pop
ockers, one who knows how to exploit her signature sound while becoming slightly more eclectic. In that sense, the album is a lot like a latter-day album from her idols, the Stones -- it finds pleasures within the craft and the signature sounds themselves. That means that there are no surprises (apart from the synthesized handclaps, of course). The Celtic homage "Riverwide" may be new, but it's not unexpected, much like how the whiplash transition in "Am I Getting Through" isn't entirely out of the blue. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, since The Globe Sessions has a strong set of songs. Since it lacks the varied sonics, humor, and flat-out weirdness of Sheryl Crow, it's never quite as compelling a listen as its predecessor, yet it is a strong record, again confirming Crow's position as one of the best roots rockers of the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949040420
catalogNumber:
490404

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheryl Crow   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Vocals,Clavinet,12-string Guitar,national steel guitar,Wurlitzer,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Michael Davis   Trombone
Lisa Germano   Violin,Autoharp,Soloist
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,chamberlain
Jim Bogios   Drums
Mark Feldman   Violin
Mitchell Froom   Clavinet,Performing Ensemble
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Bobby Keys   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Pedal Steel Banjo
Val McCallum   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dan McCarroll   Drums
Wendy Melvoin   Bass,Guitar
Lorenza Ponce   Violin
Laura Seaton   Violin
Kent Smith   Trumpet
Jeff Trott   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,Slide Guitar,Tremolo,Guitar (Tremolo),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Mary Wooten   Cello
Garo Yellin   Cello
Michelle Kinney   Cello
Avril Brown   Violin
Dan Rothchild   Bass,Double Bass
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Trina Shoemaker   Drum Loop
Todd Wolfe   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Maura Giannini   Violin
Matthew Pierce   Violin
Gregg Williams   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Rums
Tim Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Kathy Crow   Vocals
Mary L. Rowell   Violin
Greg Liesz   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Sheryl Crow   Composer,Producer
Tchad Blake   Inlay Photography
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Rory Kaplan   Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Rick Rubin   Producer
David Schiffman   Engineer
David Tickle   Mastering
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Gregg Williams   Programming
Pam Wertheimer   Management
Scooter Weintraub   Management

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