Monday, June 24, 2013

95 More Songs of Summer - "Leaving Las Vegas," Sheryl Crow

When Sheryl Crow began her career, I felt like the sky was the limit.  It was the same sort of feeling that one gets when watching an extraordinary athlete in their rookie season who sets the league (whatever league, whatever sport) on absolute fire.  Will they build on that early success?  Will they squander their opportunity?  Did they only have that great first season/record in them?

It's perhaps a harsh judgment, but I feel as if Crow failed to realize the potential that she established with that great first album.  The second, eponymously titled album was very good, and the third, "The Globe Sessions," was probably her masterpiece - a great album by almost any measure.  But after that, things petered out, to the point where a couple of her efforts have been so saccharine and uninspired that it's difficult to believe they came from the same person who topped the charts back in the 1990s.

But make no bones about it, "Tuesday Night Music Club" was one of the great debut albums of all time.  And it was with "Leaving Las Vegas" that she first made her mark, way back in the summer of 1993.

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