What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that lyrics such as "I've got a crummy job -- it don't pay near enough -- to buy the things it takes -- to buy me some of your love" (in "Soak Up the Sun") deliver a tiresome codependent message, no matter how catchy the tune.
What's the story?
Sheryl Crow's modernized "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" ethos provides the theme for THE VERY BEST OF SHERYL CROW -- a perfect introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the artist, covering ten years or so of legendary hits. For those familiar with her irresistible musical hooks and slightly edgy lyrics, it's a compilation of her most popular offerings. They're all here, starting with "All I Wanna Do," Sheryl Crow's first big hit, right up to "Picture," her brand-new duet with Kid Rock (yeah, the one with the inane and incomprehensible lyrics that you've been hearing on Country radio stations), a bubbly collection of mostly well-written (and VERY well-produced) hits that will be familiar to anyone with a car radio.
Is it any good?
The lyrics bog down just a bit in lovesick codependency and self-involved angst, actually perfect for many teens. But this "best of" compilation is a terrific summertime party record with no surprises, and without the less appreciated "filler" material on Crowe's albums. The melodies get in your head and stay there. All in all, here's a CD that was made for summer parties and carefree road trips; open that sun roof, turn up the volume, hit the highway, and sing along.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about whether they prefer light-hearted lyrics, songs with deeper meaning, or both, and why.