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It doesn't take much to prove you wrong.
September 12, 2019
So, apparently this is Sheryl Crow's last album (we'll see about that). For me, it was not what I wanted to hear from her. This decade has been a wash. Her last good (and interesting) album was 2008's "Detours". For me, that was the last time she really inventively rocked and rolled. Everything since then has been a re-hash.
2010's "100 Miles from Memphis" was a mixture of 70's AOR, 2013's "Feels Like Home" was a country rock album that felt saccharine and strident, and 2017's "Be Myself" was an attempt to recapture her glory days but failed.
Enter this bloated entry "Threads". 17 tracks of duets. Too long? Yep. What would I have cut? Well let's see...there's the George Harrison cover, "Beware of Darkness", the re-tooled "Redemption Day", the boring "Cross Creek Road" and equally dull, "The Worst", and finally, "Border Lord" with weak duet vocals from Kris Kristofferson. Chopping off those five songs might have given Crow an extra star from me. The remaining 12 tracks thread together in a nice flow.
I think the remaining 12 songs are all pretty good, but I couldn't get around the girth of the album. I think I would have given it four stars simply for giving us 12 songs instead of 17. I also wanted solo Crow, not duet Crow. I wanted to be wowed (especially if this was to be her final album). Instead of going out with a bang of radical creativity, she retreated to what is safe and dear to her--70's AOR. We know already she can do that, just listen to "Tuesday Night Music Club", "Sheryl Crow", "The Globe Sessions", "C'mon C'mon", and "100 Miles from Memphis". I wanted a radical departure instead. Not to be (or is it?)
Here's how "Threads" compares to Crow's other works:
1993 Tuesday Night Music Club: Four Stars
1996 Sheryl Crow: Four and a Half Stars
1998 The Globe Sessions: Four Stars
2002 C'mon C'mon: Three and a Half Stars
2005 Wildflower: Three Stars
2008 Detours: Four and a Half Stars
2010 100 Miles From Memphis: Three Stars
2013 Feels Like Home: Three and a Half Stars
2017 Be Myself: Three Stars
2019 Threads: Three Stars