100 Miles from Memphis
October 27, 2010 6 Comments
Occasionally I get excited about a newly released album by a seasoned artist (not talking about these pre-fab tweens they call artists nowadays)…
Where every song on the album is a musical orgy, tantalizing my eardrums with smooth classic sounds of the yonder years, taking me away to a time and place well before my years – that gets me bopping in my chair, reminding me of my formative young adult nights spent in the seedy clubs of Detroit that I still long for…
It happens occasionally.
It’s how I feel about Sheryl Crow’s latest album 100 Miles from Memphis
I admit it.
I bought it unheard… without even hearing one song.
I impulsively bought it while standing patiently in line at Starbucks for my grande skinny Awake latte.
Along with the Bee Gees Starbucks Opus Collection… but that one, while I adore the Bee Gees, I am far less inclined to recommend.
However, I must tell you that Sheryl Crow’s 100M album has been by far one of the best impulsive purchases made in a long time.
Now I am a huge fan of old skool R&B soul, Motown and a lot of funk. And her latest album is reeking of it… in a good way! She takes you on a musical journey, with collaborations with Justin Timberlake (remaking Terrence Trent D’Arby’s ‘Sign Your Name’ hit with a smoothness and sexiness that I didn’t think could be infused any further into the song), Keith Richards (infused some of Sheryl’s rhythms with an Island vibe and raspy vocals) and Clarence Greenwood (remaking the song ‘Sideways’ which has been featured in many a movie) …
Its unique in that, yes, it is aromatized, fragrant and steeped with the classic sounds that I inheritably was born with thanks to my beloved mother’s musical palate … but it is truly a classic Sheryl Crow album – staying true to her artistry. No pretentions. Clear, concise acoustic sounds. No flashy synthesized sounds, just straight up raw talented musician, playing real instruments … good ol’ fashioned real music making.
It’s been on heavy rotation in the car, at work and at home.
What can I say, it hits every romanticized ideas I have, every vision of ‘what if’ I possess and indulges my capacity to appreciate a musical era that slipped into the background before I was conceived… without massacring the genre as many seasoned artist have done in recent years.
I most certainly give this album a 9.5/10 stars.
The best musical purchase made this year… for sure.
1. Our Love is Fading
2. Eye to Eye
3. Sign Your Name
4. Summer Day
5. Long Road Home
6. Say What You Feel
7. Peaceful Feeling
10. 100 Miles from Memphis
11. Roses and Moonlight
Bonus Track: I Want You Back