Wildflower [Japan]

Wildflower [Japan]

by Sheryl Crow

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Overview

Originally, Sheryl Crow planned to have her follow-up to 2002's Top Ten hit C'mon, C'mon be two simultaneously released albums, announcing their autumn release at the beginning of 2005, but by the time the fall rolled around, the project had been scaled back to a single album: Wildflower. If C'mon, C'mon was a cheerful, bright record ideal for sunny summer days, Wildflower is its opposite, a warm, introspective record that's tailored for the fall. It's not dissimilar to 1998's The Globe Sessions, which felt like a somber hangover to the wonderfully weird party of her eponymous 1996 second album, but where The Globe Sessions had a weary, heartbroken feel, there's a comfortable, lived-in atmosphere and sense of genuine affection on Wildflower. Celebrity press and pre-release hype attributed this love-mad vibe to Crow's romance with cyclist Lance Armstrong -- the couple announced its engagement the same month Wildflower was released -- and there surely must be some sort of correlation between Crow's personal life and work, but anybody looking for an album explicitly about her relationship with Lance (the way that, say, Eric Benet's Hurricane is all about his divorce from Halle Berry) will be disappointed. There are certainly plenty of songs about love here, but Crow's songs are not about specific events (unless they're neo-protest songs like the lively "Live It Up"). They're open-ended, so it's easy to hear the record and never think about Armstrong. As a matter of fact, the subjects of the songs matter less than the feel of the album. It's easy to spin Wildflower a couple of times before the songs start to sink in -- unlike her other records, there's nothing here that immediately grabs your attention, they're all growers -- but the mood of the record is immediately appealing. That sustained warm, burnished, relaxed feel -- at once rootsy and upscale, modest and classy -- is reason enough to return to Wildflower to give the songs a chance to take root, and once they do, the album seems to be one of her most consistent records and one of her best. [This edition released in Japan included a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602498848005
catalogNumber: 1200185
Rank: 128309

Tracks

  1. I Know Why
  2. Perfect Lie
  3. Good Is Good
  4. Chances Are
  5. Wildflower
  6. Lifetimes
  7. Letter to God
  8. Live It Up
  9. I Don't Wanna Know
  10. Always on Your Side
  11. Where Has All the Love Gone
  12. Wildflower

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheryl Crow   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Vocal Harmony
Daniel Chase   Percussion,Drums,Casio
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
Bruce Kaphan   Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Jeff Trott   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Slide Balalaika
John Shanks   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Roger Manning   Piano
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Brian Macleod   Acoustic Guitar,Drums

Technical Credits

Sheryl Crow   Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Daniel Chase   Programming,Engineer
Jeff Trott   Producer,drum programming
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
John Shanks   Producer
Sheryl Nields   Cover Photo
Dave Way   Engineer
Dean Baskerville   Engineer
Keith Schreiner   drum programming
Jeff Rothschild   Programming,Engineer
Scooter Weintraub   Management
Catherine Berclaz   Design Producer
Ali Helnwein   String Arrangements
Gustavo Papaleo   Cover Photo
Psyop   Art Direction,Illustrations

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