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  • Summary: Sheryl Crow's seventh album takes a soulful musical direction for the singer-songwriter and features guest appearances from Justin Timberlake and Keith Richards.
  • Record Label: A&M
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
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  1. There's an ease to this record that's not often heard on Sheryl Crow's albums and its light touch is thoroughly appealing.
  2. It may have taken her over 20 years, but today Sheryl Crow is retrieving and expanding upon those parts of her artistic sensibility that had always been there.
  3. A tendency to let the songs run too long notwithstanding, this 100 Miles is a path Crow was certainly wise to tread.
  4. Crow has returned to the kind of music she loved as a kid growing up in the shadow of one of America's hottest soul hotbeds. The result finds her sounding more at home and effortlessly exuberant than she has since Tuesday Night Music Club.
  5. 60
    The best song is Terrence Trwnt D'Arby's Sign Your Name." Slightly damning, that. [Sep 2010, p.91]
  6. She makes the most with what she's got, along with a decent strike rate for pulling radio-friendly hooks out of the hat. [Sep 2010, p.122]
  7. Despite living through cancer and recurring heartbreak, Crow's voice lacks the emotional force for soul.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Sep 30, 2014
    After years of high quality albums, touring and general hard work, "100 Miles from Memphis" sounds like a little self indulgence, a gift fromAfter years of high quality albums, touring and general hard work, "100 Miles from Memphis" sounds like a little self indulgence, a gift from Sheryl Crow to herself. The presence of 3 covers as well as a move away from her own trademark rootsy rock style further points to this. Crow is experimenting with soul here and this can be heard particularly on the rhythms behind some of the songs. "100 miles from Memphis" has a few nice moments (opener "Our love is Fading" and "Peaceful Feeling" are my personal favourites) but in general I think Crow is a bit like a fish out of water here and I miss her usual heartfelt folk rock, which she is so accomplished at. Worth checking out for fans of her, newcomers to Sheryl Crow won't want to start here. Expand