100 Miles from Memphis

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100 Miles from Memphis
Studio album by Sheryl Crow
Released July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20)
Recorded Henson Recording Studios,
(Los Angeles)
Electric Lady Studios,
(New York City)
Genre Rock
Length 59:35
Label A&M
Producer Sheryl Crow, Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley
Sheryl Crow chronology
Home for Christmas
(2008)
100 Miles from Memphis
(2010)
Feels Like Home
(2013)
Singles from 100 Miles from Memphis
  1. "Summer Day"
    Released: June 21, 2010
  2. "Sign Your Name"
    Released: September 15, 2010[1]
  3. "Long Road Home"
    Released: 2011

100 Miles from Memphis is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. The album was written and produced by Crow, Doyle Bramhall II and Justin Stanley and features the musicians Tommy Sims and Chris Bruce.[2] On this album she puts aside her country and pop-rock past in favor of a vintage Memphis-styled, soul-inspired record. Although proficient on such instruments as bass, piano and guitar, Crow concentrates on singing throughout the album. The album includes the covers; Citizen Cope's "Sideways",[3] Terence Trent D'Arby's 1980's hit, Sign Your Name, and The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sheryl Crow, Doyle Bramhall II and Justin Stanley, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Our Love Is Fading"   6:23
2. "Eye to Eye"   5:35
3. "Sign Your Name" (Maitreya Sananda (Terence Trent D'Arby)) 5:38
4. "Summer Day"   4:29
5. "Long Road Home"   4:14
6. "Say What You Want"   4:50
7. "Peaceful Feeling"   4:03
8. "Stop" (Crow) 4:40
9. "Sideways" (Clarence Greenwood) 5:11
10. "100 Miles from Memphis"   5:01
11. "Roses and Moonlight"   6:41
12. "I Want You Back" (Bonus track – For Michael With Love) (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards) 3:05

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, 100 Miles From Memphis entered the Billboard 200 at number #3 with first week sales of 55,000 copies. It is Crow's eighth top 10 album.[8]

In Canada, the album debuted at #2 on the Canadian Albums Chart,[citation needed] behind Eminem's Recovery. The album was less successful in the UK, once one of Crow's major markets, where it peaked at #34.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[10]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[11]
Austin American-Statesman C+[12]
Billboard favorable[13]
Entertainment Weekly B[14]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[15]
Mojo 4/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[17]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[18]
USA Today 3.5/5 stars[19]

100 Miles from Memphis has received "generally favourable reviews" from 14 music critics, as Metacritic gave it 66 out of 100.[9] Knoxville.com calls the album "sonically impressive" and Sheryl Crow's "most ambitious release so far", although not impressed with her voice, noticing a disconnection with the sound. They gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5.[20]

BBC also gave 100 miles a positive review, calling it a "mix of white soul, rock and reggae" and praising the partnership between Crow and producer Doyle Bramhall II. The album is considered to be a nostalgic move for Crow, for a time when soul had an upbeat message. Crow's excitement is noticed throughout the record.[21]

Billboard magazine says "100 miles is a path Crow was certainly wise to tread", praising her celebratory mind frame and the joyous mood of lead single "Summer Day", as well as "Peaceful Feeling" and first track "Our Love is Fading". Keith Richards' swagger is also noticed on the reggaefield "Eye to Eye".[13][22]

Mojo Magazine finds Crow in a peaceful state of mind, after adopting her two sons, Wyatt Steve and newborn Levi James. At 48, she finally "returns to her roots". Mojo praises producers Doyle Bramhall II and Justin Stanley (Amy Winehouse) in their pursuit of "shimmering Memphis sound" and calls ballads "Stop" and Crow's cover of "Sideways" two of her most "vulnerable and classy performances". The album is rated 4 out of 5 stars.[16][23]

The album was made BBC Radio 2's album of the Week for the week commencing July 10.[24]

Promotion[edit]

Crow promoted her new album through media appearances. In the United States, she performed the lead single, "Summer Day", on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She also appeared on Lopez Tonight and The View, where she performed "Sign Your Name" and "Long Road Home", respectively. In the UK, she made appearances on The 5 O'clock Show, Alan Titchmarsh Show and Later...with Jools Holland.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Oricon Daily Albums Chart[25] 30 (first day)
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart[citation needed] 34
Oricon Non-Japanese Weekly Albums Chart[26] 6
German Albums Chart[27] 46
The Australian Albums Chart[28] 95
The Danish Albums Chart[29] 39
The UK Albums Chart[30] 34
The Scottish Albums Chart[31] 37
The Irish Albums Chart[32] 34
The Dutch Albums Chart[33] 44
The Spanish Albums Chart[citation needed] 77
The Swiss Albums Chart[33] 17
The Norwegian Top 40 Albums Chart[34] 19
The Canadian Albums Chart[35] 2
The U.S. Billboard Top 200[36] 3
The U.S. Billboard Rock Albums Chart[35] 1

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Scaggs, Austin (April 15, 2010). "Sheryl Crow Lets Loose With Funky, R&B-Influenced Record". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ Mapes, Jillian (May 26, 2010). "Sheryl Crow: Summer Album Preview 2010". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Powers, Ann (July 19, 2010). "Album review: Sheryl Crow's '100 Miles From Memphis'". Pop & Hiss: The LA Times Music Blog. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
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  8. ^ Eminem's 'Recovery' Reaches Fifth Week at No.1, while Sheryl Crow debut at #3 with 100 Miles From Memphis Billboard Biz." Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  9. ^ a b "100 Miles from Memphis Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  10. ^ Lamb, Bill. About.com Review: "100 Miles from Memphis About.com Retrieved 2010-08-23
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Allmusic Review: "100 Miles from Memphis.
  12. ^ Patrick, Caldwell. [Austin American-Statesman Review.
  13. ^ a b Graff, Gary. Billboard Review.
  14. ^ Collis, Clark (2010-07-23). "100 Miles From Memphis Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  15. ^ Powers, Ann. Los Angeles Times Review.
  16. ^ a b McNair, James. Mojo Review.
  17. ^ Hermes, Will (2010-07-20). "100 Miles From Memphis by Sheryl Crow". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  18. ^ Keefe, Jonathan. Slant Review.
  19. ^ Gundersen, Edna. USA Today Review.
  20. ^ Campbell, Chuck (July 13, 2010). "Tuned In: Sheryl Crow, Kelis, Kira". Knoxville.com. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  21. ^ Lester, Paul (July 8, 2010). "Review of Sheryl Crow - 100 Miles from Memphis". BBC Music. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
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  26. ^ オリコン チケット|モバイル|ゲーム|恋愛|モニター募集
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  28. ^ "Australia's Official Music Charts". ARIA Charts. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  29. ^ "Danish Albums Chart". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  30. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  31. ^ SCOTTISH ALBUMS CHART
  32. ^ Top 50 Singles Week ending 22nd July 2010
  33. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Sheryl Crow - 100 Miles From Memphis". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  34. ^ "VG-lista - Sheryl Crow / 100 Miles Away From Memphis". Lista.vg.no. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
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