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Be Myself

Be Myself

by Sheryl Crow


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Sheryl Crow's country makeover Feels Like Home didn't click commercially in 2013, so she decided to radically shift directions for this 2017 successor, Be Myself. The title alone is a tacit admission that she's returning to her roots, reuniting with producers Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake, the pair who helmed 1996's Sheryl Crow and 1998's The Globe Sessions. Crow last worked with Trott on 2002's C'mon, C'mon, and Be Myself deliberately mirrors that album's sunny vibe while also nodding at specific songs from Crow's past. "Roller Skate" grooves to a beat that echoes "All I Want to Do" and "Strangers Again" struts like "If It Makes You Happy" -- sly winks that acknowledge Crow is happy to embrace her past. Perhaps this retro move would seem desperate if Crow didn't seem so enthusiastic reviving this collaboration. With Trott and Blake in tow, she's happy to embrace her eccentricity in addition to her fondness for big pop hooks -- a combination that fuels Be Myself as surely as it did Sheryl Crow or The Globe Sessions. Compared to those two '90s records, this 2017 album isn't quite as daring -- a revival is by definition a safe bet, plus Crow's long since reined in her purple prose -- but one of the charms of Be Myself is what lies along the fringe. Most of the record's 11 songs are graced by provocative sounds lurking at the margins of the mix -- something that sounds like a music box on "Halfway There," a saloon piano on "Rest of Me," all the compressed guitars as percussion -- that help elevate this set of strong, sophisticated pop into something special.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2017
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624913382
catalogNumber: 559556
Rank: 39265

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheryl Crow   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Celeste,Tambourine,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Soloist,Toy Piano,Piano (Grand),Piano (Upright),Vocal Harmony
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Audley Freed   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Barry Green   Trombone
Robert Kearns   Bass
McCrary Sisters   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Doug Moffet   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Jeff Trott   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Tom-Tom,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Slide Guitar,Pump Organ,wah wah guitar,Wurlitzer,Soloist,Synthaxe,Guitar (Electroacoustic),Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Doyle Bramhall   Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Fred Eltringham   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Hand Clapping
Rick Purcell   Hand Clapping
Toby Gad   Bass,Moog Synthesizer
Tim Smith   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Gary Clark   Guitar,Soloist
Adam Minkoff   Keyboards
Josh Grange   Flute,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mellotron,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Andrew Petroff   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Strings,Keyboards,Tambourine,Bells,Hand Clapping,Noise,Loops,Shaker,Wurlitzer,Drum Loop,Brushes
David Rossi   Strings

Technical Credits

Sheryl Crow   Composer,Producer
Tchad Blake   Engineer
Jeff Trott   Composer,Producer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Frank Maddocks   Art Direction
Toby Gad   Composer
Matt Rausch   Engineer
Andrew Petroff   Engineer
David Rossi   String Arrangements
Alberto Vaz   Engineer

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