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  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter was co-produced with Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake.
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Halfway There
You pull up in your Hummer and you park next to my Volt We're in a money trip beside we'll leave ours full of holes I might walk along the left side,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Apr 20, 2017
    80
    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.
  2. Apr 21, 2017
    80
    This is a rare album that is upbeat while also showing an emotional side that we all have felt from time to time.
  3. 70
    It may not be her finest set, but it captures the light/dark spirit that informed Crow’s best music and is a worthy addition to an already impressive catalog.
  4. 70
    The record oozes confidence and spunky attitude--a far cry from her more recent country records thanks to the partnership with past collaborators Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake.
  5. Apr 20, 2017
    60
    She aims directly at the torn-and-frayed guitar groove of her Nineties records, but with flourishes of her recent detours into Memphis soul and Nashville country.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 25, 2017
    60
    There are good songs here, but it sometimes sounds like Sheryl is trying too hard to turn back the clock. [Jun 2017, p.87]
  7. Apr 20, 2017
    60
    Love Will Save the Day is touching, not trite, and if there isn’t an obvious smash in the mould of All I Wanna Do or If It Makes You Happy, Be Myself certainly punches its weight in sass.

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  1. Sep 24, 2017
    9
    Sheryl Crows best selection of songs for some time. The rock based rhythms are back, as is real groove in a number of the tunes, echoingSheryl Crows best selection of songs for some time. The rock based rhythms are back, as is real groove in a number of the tunes, echoing earlier albums. There are a number of excellent tracks: Halfway There, Long Way Back, the title track Be Myself but for me the standout is Love Will Save The Day. Be Myself is a thoroughly enjoyable, easy to listen to album and I've already played this multiple times which I can't say for Sheryl Crow's last few albums.For me it hit the spot. Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2017
    6
    Good but not brilliant.

    The best thing about 'Be Myself' is the fact that it sounds distinctively like Sheryl Crow. An extensive promo tour
    Good but not brilliant.

    The best thing about 'Be Myself' is the fact that it sounds distinctively like Sheryl Crow. An extensive promo tour put great emphasis on how this record would be a return to Crow's rootsy sound from the nineties - I was disappointed as this only seems to be the case with a few tracks.

    The best noise features in the diaphonous outro of 'Long Way Back' while the greatest lyrics smack you in the nose during the first few lines of 'Grow Up'.

    There is however a satisfying theme which webs the songs together. A theme which rejects pretentious modern-day crap like selfies and technology saturation - this will definitely strike as an ear pleaser for nostalgia seekers and hipsters.

    Supreme songs are 'Long Way Back', 'Roller Skate' and 'Grow Up'.
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  3. May 14, 2017
    6
    In reverting to a more youthful and retro sound, Sheryl Crow doesn’t find anything magical or exemplary in her run-down song forms andIn reverting to a more youthful and retro sound, Sheryl Crow doesn’t find anything magical or exemplary in her run-down song forms and predictable melodies, and while being cute the album doesn’t necessarily go anywhere of importance. My Score: 106/180 (Okay) = 5.8/10 Expand