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Despite the rather downcast state of the album's subject matter, which will furrow the eyebrows of listeners who know even a tidbit of the fortunate circumstances that surround Crow's life as of late, it nevertheless contains savory melodies and instantly accessible yet probing lyrics that not only entertain, but prompt listeners to think and care. That means that it embodies the core characteristics that Crow is known for. Just don't expect Geronimo's rifle, Marilyn's shampoo or Benny Goodman's corset and pen to show up. And if all you wanna do is have some fun, you had best wait for the new Madonna record.
Lead single "Good Is Good" is a fine indicator of the bulk of the material on "Wildflower." While the lyrics are sung over a buoyant, radio-friendly melody, they tell a story of a character that takes so much for granted until all the most important things are suddenly missing from his life.
"When the day is done/And the world is sleeping/And the moon is on its way to shine/When your friends are gone/You thought were so worth keeping/You feel you don't belong/And you don't know why.Read more ›
On October 2, 2005, Sheryl and Lance Armstrong put on a concert for the city of Austin, Texas, which I was fortunate enough to be able to attend. Sheryl was right on vocally, and hearing her new songs led me to purchase this album.
The album is very solid all the way through. My favorite songs are Good is Good and Perfect Lie. The DVD included in the Deluxe Edition is fantastic. Usually these DVDs are some crap thing that is in 2.0, looks like a camcorder shot it, and is pretty boring. This DVD is widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1, and very professional. The sound mix is incredible. Very clean and tight with no fakey acoustics.
Thank you Sheryl for this great album.
To me, "Wildflower" see's Sheryl channeling her idol/mentor, Stevie Nicks' mystical elements to great effect. She started this on 1998's "The Globe Sessions", another personal favorite.
Here, Sheryl spins lyrical tapestries about living in a modern world & doing your best to love yourself & others around you. Musically, the "Nicks" element comes in with the use of different studio effects, various percussion sounds, violins, & at times, quieter guitar work. These, amongst other elements, blend seamlessly to give Sheryl sonics that blend & form to her words rather than the other way around. Her words drive the songs.
"Chances Are" is probably one of the best songs here. In this cut, Sheryl talks about human evolution, "hybrid lives" specifically. In a fashion how she, and ourselves have all become disconnected from the world due to the fast pace in which we move. This is written in such a way that, it doesn't come off as pretetntious, but more of a warning or a call to show us what is happening.
Other songs deal with the complications of love, in it's various forms or another. The title track is a utterly beautiful, which finds Crow singing in a higher, yet hushed tone telling of a lover whose existence in her life, is that of (you guessed it) a rare wildflower. I found that euphenism to be rather simple & for me something I could relate to on a personal level with my current relationship.Read more ›
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A little string heavy for my tastes in Sheryl Crow. Also, she has started to sing like a little girl, rather than a woman.Published 15 months ago by Karla Cruz
I've loved Sheryl since she made it big, and didn't have this in my collection.Published on July 16, 2014 by beatcall
But 3 songs on this CD are excellent, #1, #5 & #10. I didn't care for the rest of the CD though. It's the only SC I'll probably ever buy.Published on June 4, 2014 by Jets_Books
In my opinion, This is simply Sheryl Crow's Best CD. I repeat, This is simply Sheryl Crow's Best CD.....Enough Said :-)Published on March 16, 2014 by VulcanDude