Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home

Liam Butler

Liam has been reviewing books, movies and music for a bit of light relief since his student days.

 

Sheryl Crow is the epitome of a hard working country girl.  Crow has crossed the boundary between Country Music and modern rock n roll. Her 27 Grammy nominations and 35 million album sales attest to the fact that her career has remarkable endurance. 

Hydration is the theme of the fourth track on this album. In the humorous We oughta be drinkin’ Crow empathises with the people who experience a mid-week thirst that needs to be quenched at their local bar.

Each of these twelve country songs entertain in their own right.  When you listen to the album in its entirety you clearly hear that Sheryl is on top of her game, with the ability to perform fast, slow, happy and sombre songs equally well.  

The genius of a good country tear jerker is that it can also crack you up when you stop to think about the lyrics.  Waterproof Mascara is written by Sheryl and two other heavy hitters of country music, Nashville songwriter Chris DuBous and his business partner Grammy Award winning Brad Paisley.   Waterproof Mascara is three minutes and thirty two seconds of a mother’s lament that her young boy’s father is not part of his life. This subject of angst requires the right cosmetics…

And so I wear waterproof mascara

There's things you shouldn't see when you're a kid

Thank God they make waterproof mascara

'Cuz it won't run like his daddy did

Feels like home comes with the full lyrics to all twelve tracks.  Some of which will make you think about the reality of your life in a way that empowers rather than rebukes.  This albums slick production, catchy tunes, poignant moments and good humour will mean that even more kiwis will be proud to say that they love country music and Sheryl Crow.  

 

1          Shotgun           

2          Easy    

3          Give It to Me   

4          We Oughta Be Drinkin'           

5          Callin' Me When I'm Lonely   

6          Waterproof Mascara  

7          Crazy Ain't Original    

8          Nobody's Business       

9          Homesick        

10        Homecoming Queen   

11        Best of Times  

12        Stay at Home Mother 

 
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