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Sheryl Crow - The Globe Sessions Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 March 2001
Sheryl Crow,
The Globe Sessions (DTS ES),
A&M/DTS Entertainment, 2001
| Performance 6 | Sound 7.5 |

ImageThe Globe Sessions is Sheryl Crow’s third straight platinum record powered by a career launched with VH1 and Adult Contemporary radio standards like "Leaving Las Vegas" and "All I Wanna Do." Without the help of her former collaborators, The Tuesday Night Music Club, Crow is faced with daunting challenge of writing more and more hit songs to power her flourishing career.

The first tune on The Globe Sessions is accomplishes the need for a radio hit. "My Favorite Mistake" is a sultry little jam with a clever chord progression and an even better strut. Its lethargic groove, accented by Hammond B3 organ twinkilings, make for a bluesy tune with an upbeat vibe and a optimistic bluesy outlook. "My Favorite Mistake" is also the most interesting surround mix on The Globe Sessions with the twangy guitars set in the rears and the Hammond organ more up front. The center speaker helps capture a fantastic 24 bit reproduction of one of Rock’s best female vocals in a way that two channel 16 bit stereo simply can not.

Sheryl Crow is a better singer than Bob Dylan. She is better looking too. Thus when she covers an unreleased Dylan tune called "Mississippi" Crow heads to territory good enough for Jimi Hendrix, U2 and many others. "Mississippi" has a upbeat, almost bluegrass feel, complete with a melody covered by violins and a rhythm that is covered by more than one acoustic guitars. The melody is such that you can help but to sway your head from side to side as if you were at a some sort of footloose and fancy free folk festival. The verses perfectly and predictably merge with the choruses in a way that makes for a tune that simply works. I am not a huge Dylan fan, even his high highly touted songwriting, but I must admit this was a smart song selection for Crow.

"Anything But Down" is a modern Sheryl Crow love song that follows a similar format to "My Favorite Mistake." Her vocal performance is perhaps the most dynamic of the record with a nifty slide guitar solo yet somehow this tune never became a hit, at least by Sheryl Crow standards. The tune breaks down in a later verse where the acoustic guitars are strumming in the rear speakers along with Crow focused dead in the center of your front soundstage so that the moment reminds you how much more dynamic a 5.1 mix can be as opposed to a simple stereo spread.

"There Goes The Neighborhood" is a tune that has a retro, phased-out feeling reminiscent, but not quite as cool as, a Lenny Kravitz song. With a harder driving rhythm, the tune gets into a more rock and roll chorus yet lacks the poppy appeal hear on "My Favorite Mistake" and "Mississippi."

The Globe Sessions focuses on Sheryl Crow as a songwriter, talented vocalist and musician. It isn’t laden with as many hits as her debut record but it is a good collection of bluesy female vocal tunes that will keep you interested for many spins through the disc. The 5.1 or 6.1 mix allows for some compelling audio trickery which really made the difference for me on The Globe Sessions. When it came out as a stereo album, I just couldn’t get into it. The David Tickle 6.1 surround mix in 24 bit opened me up to the record so that I could get into many of the tunes. If you are looking for a female rock record with thoughtful lyrics and moments of modern bluesy excellence, pick up The Globe Sessions on DTS ES mixed in 6.1.

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