Sheryl Crow (album)

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Sheryl Crow
Studio album by Sheryl Crow
Released September 1, 1996 (UK)
September 24, 1996 (US)
Recorded 1996, Kingsway Studio, New Orleans, LA, Sunset Sound Factory and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Rock
Length 56:28
Label A&M
Producer Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow chronology
Tuesday Night Music Club
(1993)
Sheryl Crow
(1996)
The Globe Sessions
(1998)

Sheryl Crow is the second album by American singer Sheryl Crow, released on September 1, 1996 in the United Kingdom and September 24, 1996 in the United States. Reaching #6 on the Billboard 200,[1] Sheryl Crow sold 2.4 million units in the United States as of January 2008[2][3] and is certified 3× platinum.[4] On the UK Album Chart, Sheryl Crow reached #5.[5] As of February 2008, it had sold 880,344 copies in the UK and is certified 3× platinum.[6]

The song "Love Is a Good Thing" criticizes Wal-Mart's gun sales policy, with the lyrics "Watch out sister, watch out brother, watch our children while they kill each other with a gun they bought at Wal-Mart discount stores". Wal-Mart banned sales of the album at their stores.[7][8][9]

"Redemption Day" was covered by Johnny Cash; the track appeared on his second posthumous record, American VI: Ain't No Grave.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly A−[12]
Slant 4.5/5 stars[13]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[14]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[15]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[16]

Sheryl Crow is featured in the Vital Pop: 50 Essential Pop Albums list by Slant magazine. The album also made the Village Voice Pazz and Jop poll at number 26, and Mojo named it the 39th best album of 1996. British magazine Q named Sheryl Crow one of its 90 favorite albums of the 90s. Rolling Stone also selected it as one of the essential albums of that decade in 1999, while naming the self-titled effort the 44th greatest album of all time by a female artist in 2002.[17] In 2008, Entertainment Weekly magazine placed the album at number 39 in their list of Top 100 Best Albums of the past 25 years.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Maybe Angels"   Sheryl Crow, Bill Bottrell 4:56
2. "A Change Would Do You Good"   Crow, Jeff Trott, Brian MacLeod 3:50
3. "Home"   Crow 4:51
4. "Sweet Rosalyn"   Crow, Trott 3:58
5. "If It Makes You Happy"   Crow, Trott 5:23
6. "Redemption Day"   Crow 4:27
7. "Hard to Make a Stand"   Crow, Bottrell, Todd Wolfe, R.S. Bryan 3:07
8. "Everyday Is a Winding Road"   Crow, MacLeod, Trott 4:16
9. "Love Is a Good Thing"   Crow, Tad Wadhams 4:43
10. "Oh Marie"   Crow, Trott, Bottrell 3:30
11. "Superstar"   Crow, Trott 4:58
12. "The Book"   Crow, Trott 4:34
13. "Ordinary Morning"   Crow 3:55

Early pressings of the album list "A Change Would Do You Good" simply as "A Change".

Signature Tour edition[edit]

Signature Tour Edition

The Signature Tour Edition of the album (released in 1997) contained the European/Australian CD (with bonus tracks "Sad Sad World" and "Hard To Make A Stand (Alternate Version)") as well as a bonus CD containing six songs recorded live at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on the 26th of November 1996:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If It Makes You Happy"   Crow, Trott 5:33
2. "Leaving Las Vegas"   Crow, Bottrell, David Baerwald 6:45
3. "Hard to Make a Stand"   Bottrell, R.S. Bryan, Crow, Todd Wolfe 4:23
4. "Can't Cry Anymore"   Crow, Bottrell 5:33
5. "Everyday Is a Winding Road"   Crow, MacLeod, Trott 4:59
6. "On the Outside"   Crow, Trott 7:58

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Sheryl Crow
  • Executive producer: Stephen Weintraub
  • Assistant producer: Mitchell Froom
  • Engineers: Blair Lamb, Bob Salcedo, Trina Shoemaker, Tchad Blake
  • Assistant engineers: Ron Black, S. "Husky" Höskulds, Cappy Japngie, John Paterno
  • Mixing: Tchad Blake
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Loop: Sheryl Crow, Brian MacLeod, Jeff Trott, Michael Urbano
  • String arrangements: Mitchell Froom
  • Horn arrangements: Mitchell Froom
  • Coordination: Pam Werheimer
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden, Karen Walker
  • Design: Jeri Heiden, Karen Walker
  • Photography: James Minchin, Stephanie Pfriender, Steen Sundland

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1997
[19]
Sheryl Crow Best Rock Album Won
"If It Makes You Happy" Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Won

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[41] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[42] Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[43] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[46] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Notes[edit]

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  14. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sheryl Crow". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
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  16. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
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