Monday, June 20, 2011
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: SHERYL CROW - MILES FROM MEMPHIS DVD
The big surprise is that guitar slinger Doyle Bramhall II is on board as Crow's foil. So we get him providing the spicy licks, and lots of face time with Crow as she shares the mic for harmony lines. Crow herself actually steps away from the instruments for lots of the set, dabbling only in a little keyboards and guitar, with her band stoked with top L.A. players. Actually it's kind of odd she recorded the live set in L.A.'s Pantages Theatre instead of Memphis, but Mavis Staples she ain't.
With the lesser album tracks so prevalent, it's no surprise that the fireworks here come from her past hits. It's actually quite fun to hear them with this big soul band, the horns and groove players adding a lot to the rearranged hits such as My Favorite Mistake, Everyday Is A Winding Road and If It Makes You Happy. Everybody gets into the songs because they are strong, and proven. Crow has shown she can write good stuff, and it already is somewhat soulful. It seems she was trying too hard to be that Southern Girl. More of the best moments here are when she and the backing singers get into Marvin Gaye's Got To Give It Up and her old boss Michael Jackson's I Want You Back. She might have been born near Memphis, but truly, she's much more comfortable in L.A.