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Wildflower
     

Wildflower

4.2 5
by Sheryl Crow
 

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Throughout her career, Sheryl Crow has been at her best when she throws caution to the winds and simply lets her instincts guide her music. In an effort to recapture the immediacy of her best efforts, Crow says she did her best to write Wildflower's songs on the fly, rather than hunkering down in the studio to hammer them out. The plan worked out mighty well,

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Throughout her career, Sheryl Crow has been at her best when she throws caution to the winds and simply lets her instincts guide her music. In an effort to recapture the immediacy of her best efforts, Crow says she did her best to write Wildflower's songs on the fly, rather than hunkering down in the studio to hammer them out. The plan worked out mighty well, as it happens, resulting in a disc that's as immediate as Tuesday Night Music Club -- albeit with a good deal more stylistic range than that debut. Wildflower touches on all of Crow's strengths, from the unflaggingly upbeat, burnished rock tone of "Good Is Good" to the poignant piano balladry of "Always on Your Side." A general air of contentment hovers over many of disc's tunes -- it's a safe bet that the singer's relationship with cyclist Lance Armstrong had a lot to do with that -- but Crow hasn't simply wrapped herself in fluff. The title track, for instance, waxes wistful about remembrances of things past, a mood that's underscored by the spare-but-effective string arrangements provided by David Campbell (Beck's widely acclaimed father). Campbell also brings an elegant counterpoint to the country-tinged "Perfect Lie," but Wildflower's true charm lies in Crow's lyrics and voice -- both of which convey an abundance of the untamed delicacy promised by the disc's title.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Originally, Sheryl Crow planned to have her follow-up to 2002's Top Ten hit C'mon, C'mon be two simultaneously released albums, announcing their autumn release at the beginning of 2005, but by the time the fall rolled around, the project had been scaled back to a single album: Wildflower. If C'mon, C'mon was a cheerful, bright record ideal for sunny summer days, Wildflower is its opposite, a warm, introspective record that's tailored for the fall. It's not dissimilar to 1998's The Globe Sessions, which felt like a somber hangover to the wonderfully weird party of her eponymous 1996 second album, but where The Globe Sessions had a weary, heartbroken feel, there's a comfortable, lived-in atmosphere and sense of genuine affection on Wildflower. Celebrity press and pre-release hype attributed this love-mad vibe to Crow's romance with cyclist Lance Armstrong -- the couple announced its engagement the same month Wildflower was released -- and there surely must be some sort of correlation between Crow's personal life and work, but anybody looking for an album explicitly about her relationship with Lance (the way that, say, Eric Benet's Hurricane is all about his divorce from Halle Berry) will be disappointed. There are certainly plenty of songs about love here, but Crow's songs are not about specific events (unless they're neo-protest songs like the lively "Live It Up"). They're open-ended, so it's easy to hear the record and never think about Armstrong. As a matter of fact, the subjects of the songs matter less than the feel of the album. It's easy to spin Wildflower a couple of times before the songs start to sink in -- unlike her other records, there's nothing here that immediately grabs your attention, they're all growers -- but the mood of the record is immediately appealing. That sustained warm, burnished, relaxed feel -- at once rootsy and upscale, modest and classy -- is reason enough to return to Wildflower to give the songs a chance to take root, and once they do, the album seems to be one of her most consistent records and one of her best.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0602498841181
catalogNumber:
000522902

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheryl Crow   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Vocal Harmony
David Campbell   Strings
Daniel Chase   Percussion,Drums,Casio
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
Bruce Kaphan   Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Jeff Trott   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Slide Balalaika
John Shanks   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Bass Guitar
Roger Manning   Piano
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Keith Schreiner   Synthesizer,Drums
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Brian Macleod   Acoustic Guitar,Drums

Technical Credits

Sheryl Crow   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Daniel Chase   Programming,Engineer
Jeff Trott   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
John Shanks   Producer,Audio Production
Sheryl Nields   Cover Photo
Dave Way   Engineer
Dean Baskerville   Engineer
Keith Schreiner   drum programming
Jeff Rothschild   Programming,Engineer
Scooter Weintraub   Management
Catherine Berclaz   Design Producer
Ali Helnwein   String Arrangements
Gustavo Papaleo   Cover Photo
Psyop   Art Direction,Illustrations

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Wildflower 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD with a Fantastic sound. I love Sheryl Crow's music. Her song lyrics are amazing and really speak to you. My favorite songs are Letter to God and Wildflower. Sheryl Crow is an original singer and song writer and I hope to hear more form her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sheryl Crow has consistently proved herself a talented musician and song writer. One often finds that as the records of an artist stack up, the creativity is progressively diluted. Ms.Crow is a smart business woman and artist, in that quality and creative consistency are favored over quantity and over saturation. "Wildflower" is a subtle CD which spins a classic, warm, and thoughtful atmosphere around the listener. By abandoning a common mistake artists make, the mistake of attempting to pack as many "possible" radio singles into one CD(hoping that consumers will be caught by simplified lyrics and cheap chord progressions), Ms.Crow creates a balanced and beautifully flowing recording. Reminiscent of her previous "Globe Sessions", "Wildflower" offers a contemplative and thoughtful list of songs to add to an already acclaimed repertoire. Unlike most recordings, "Wildflower"'s subtleties will grow more and more on the listener with each listening session. Bravo! -William Knuth Vienna, Austria
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is her best effort so far. Whereas her very first CD had a top ten hit and the rest seemed like filler, this CD is the opposite--you don't immediately hear any song that you can forsee being really popular on am radio, but the whole album is solid, memorable, and desires to be listened to in its entirety over and over. One of those CDs where it is hard to pick a favorite, but you still really like each and every song.
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