Wildflower

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Pretty ballads, but they may bore younger kids.

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Positive Messages

Subtle anti-war message on one song.

Violence

Nothing obvious.

Sex

Nothing obvious.

Language

All clean.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One or two references to cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sheryl Crow's sixth album attempts to be more sophisticated than previous efforts. There is nothing really objectionable, but younger kids aren't likely to be too interested.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMedia45 April 9, 2008

What's the story?

It was more fun when Sheryl Crow thought of herself as a bad girl. The teensy bit of edgy, sexy attitude that made her past hits so unforgettable is nearly completely missing on WILDFLOWER, her sixth album.

Is it any good?

OK, so she's 43, and even rock stars ought to be allowed to settle down and grow up, right? Wildflower is gorgeously produced and performed, featuring lush string arrangements and some exquisite acoustic guitar. But one ballad after another, with some obvious vocal straining for the high notes involved, can get tedious even if it's magnificently produced, beautifully packaged, and expertly marketed -- and even if in theory Sheryl Crow should be allowed to do whatever she wants.

Lyrics won't offend anyone -- there are one or two obtusely poetic references to God and a bit of an anti-war sentiment on "Where Has All the Love Gone." The music is lovely and the vocals float softly and sweetly over well-arranged tracks, but longtime fans might miss the old energy, the sense of adventure and fun, that delicious guilty pleasure Sheryl Crow used to bring to our summer drives to the beach.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how these ballads compare to Crow's lighter hits of the past few years. Which do you prefer, and why?

Music details

  • Artist: Sheryl Crow
  • Release date: September 27, 2005
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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