Q (1/04, p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 - "A canny mix of tomboy retro rock, looped beats and sharp pop hooks made Crow one of the staples of '90s radio."
Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[S]he's unquestionably made of the right stuff."
Personnel includes: Sheryl Crow (vocals, guitar); Kid Rock, Lisa Germano, Liz Phair, Brian MacLeod, Neil Finn, Dan Rothchild.
Includes liner notes by David Wild.
One of those rare talents who bucked the jinx of winning the Best New Artist Grammy (which she snagged in 1995), Sheryl Crow accrued an impressive canon over the span of a decade. Starting with this Missouri native's twangy, Rickie Lee Jones-flavored 1993 smash "All I Wanna Do," Crow has made her mark with songs such as the forward-looking "Every Day Is a Winding Road," the pleading ballad "Strong Enough," and the Beach Boys-flavored summer anthem "Soak Up the Sun."
This former in-demand session musician's talents also found her going down a country path by way of a classic duet with Kid Rock on the ballad "Picture," which rubs shoulders with the wonderfully atmospheric "Home" and the put-up-or-shut-up sentiment of the life-loving "If It Makes You Happy." Fans who are looking for new material get rewarded with two versions of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest," one with a vintage Rod Stewart-like arrangement and a country version, featuring steel guitar. Also included is "Light in Your Eyes," a gentle mid-tempo nod to the late George Harrison.