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Crow's latest CD collects her best

by Mark Smith, Web and Opinion editor

If you’re a fan of alternative music, you have no doubt heard of Sheryl Crow. As one of the top female musicians in the alternative music scene, Crow’s career spans a full decade in which she went from receiving mediocre reviews of her work from music critics to becoming a household name.

Crow’s most recent album, titled The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, comprises all of her greatest hits, as well as three new songs. The album features 17 tracks including “All I Wanna Do,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” “There Goes the Neighborhood,” and a summer favorite, “Soak up the Sun.” The album also includes her duet with Kid Rock, entitled “Picture,” and two remakes of the Cat Stevens hit, “The First Cut is the Deepest.”

While the album does a good job at chronicling Crow’s musical achievements, some fans feel it leaves out a few essential hits, such as “It Don’t Hurt” and “Anything But Down,” both of which tell the story of failed relationships.

Overall the album has received positive reviews from fans and critics alike and, after only 11 weeks on the chart, is currently ranked No. 2 on Billboard’s top 200 albums and No. 6 on Billboard’s top Internet album sales.

Crow’s first single, “All I Wanna Do,” was big on the music charts back in 1994 and prompted some music critics who expected her to become a one-hit wonder to write that the song was “all she was ever gonna do.” Ten years later, Crow has a number of hits under her belt as well as two Grammy Awards, one for Best New Album in 1995 for her debut album Tuesday Night Music Club and another in 1997 for Best Rock Album for her self-titled release.

While Crow has enjoyed a successful career, she has not avoided controversy. Back in 1996, Wal-Mart banned her second album from its shelves due to the song “Love is a Good Thing,” in which she sings about Wal-Mart selling guns to children. This is a touchy subject for Wal-Mart, since they have been sued for selling guns and ammunition to minors.

In 2002, Crow chose Hawai‘i as the location for the filming of her music video for “Soak up the Sun.” The video was primarily shot at Sunset Beach and Sacred Falls and featured a few HPU students as extras.

To date, Crow has six albums to her credit, including Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Sheryl Crow and Friends Live from Central Park, C’mon C’mon, and The Very Best of Sheryl Crow.

For more information on Sheryl Crow, as well as music videos and photos, visit her Web site at



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