Sheryl Crow Will Return To Her ’90s Pop Roots On New LP ‘Be Myself’

Mike Wass | January 6, 2017 7:28 pm
Blake Shelton & Sheryl Crow's "Silent Night"
Sheryl Crow joins forces with Blake Shelton for Christmas classic "Silent Night."

Here’s some good news to end your week! After dabbling in country on 2013 LP, Feels Like Home, Sheryl Crow will return to her ’90s pop roots on album 10. Be Myself is due for release in late March/early April and constitutes a reunion with early collaborators Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake. (Together, they have created classic hits “My Favorite Mistake” and “If It Makes You Happy”). Why the change of heart? “I really wanted to get back to how I got started on my second record and third record,” the 54-year-old told Rolling Stone. “I wanted to revisit that sound and that feeling. It was a complete blast and the most effortless thing I’ve ever done.”

“As you get older you start making records that are more calculated and you’re trying to compete with what you’ve done and not repeat yourself,” Sheryl continues. “You get more methodical and more analytical about the music and that doesn’t necessarily make it better. I wanted to have the feeling I had when I made my first two records, which was like being a kid playing with my friends and writing about whatever came to mind.” One of the topics that popped into her mind is the current political climate in the United States, which she explores on potential lead single “Halfway There.”

“The idea of the song is that even though you may drive a big Chevy truck and I drive my hybrid, or you may wear designer clothes and I wear ripped jeans, that doesn’t mean we don’t want the same things in life and the same things for our kids in the future,” the nine-time Grammy winner explains. “The message is we need to agree to disagree and just try and meet halfway there.” How does she see the album’s commercial prospects? Well, Sheryl really doesn’t care.

“I don’t know how it gets played at Spotify or other subscription services,” the veteran quips. “I don’t look at it and think I’m gonna make a ton of money and I’m gonna have big hits cause I know that’s not how it works anymore. But I would love for people to hear it, and I would love for them to enjoy it and have the experience that I used to have when I’d hear a song and go, ‘Oh, my gosh, I totally get it.'” Revisit “My Favorite Mistake” below.

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