The Friday Five: March 18, 2011

Friday Five

Friday Five : ‘frī-(,)dā,-dē ‘fīv : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes, then share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up your media player of choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

“Everyone Knows It but You” by David Mead (from The Luxury of Time, 1999)

I hear strains of Don Henley in Mead’s voice, but that is where the comparison ends. I have not given this record enough of a listen, guess it’s time to do so.

“Dear Old Nicki” by Nicki Minaj (from Pink Friday, 2010)

I think I was wooed by this record when it was first released. Subsequent listens have proven otherwise. It is still, however, one of the hottest hip-hop records of the last few years.

“Into the White” by Pixies (from Death to the Pixies, 1997)

I could listen to the Pixies all day.

“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” by Billy Joel (from Glass Houses, 1980)

Hearing this tune is a powerful nostalgia churning experience. As much as I’ve listened to this record over the years, I’m still the little kid in the back seat—with no seat belt, mind you—with my head titled backwards, looking up towards the sky, daydreaming about a galaxy far, far away.

“All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow (from Top of the Pops 1994, 2008)

I’d skip this, but then I’d feel guilty.

What’s on your shuffle today?

Welcome Back, Sheryl

Sheryl Crow - Detours

Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out…

I’ll be perfectly honest in saying that I’ve not liked a single thing that Sheryl Crow has produced since 1998’s The Globe Sessions. To me, her output since that record has seemed contrived and uninspired. It could be that I’m being too hard on her. It could be that her “Soak Up the Sun” was the tune playing during my emergency wisdom tooth extraction a few years back. But all that aside, her latest single “Love is Free” seems to have captured some of that original spark. The track is the second single from Sheryl’s forthcoming Detours which features the return of Bill Bottrell (who produced Sheryl’s Tuesday Night Music Club) and is apparent in the stripped back production. Check out the video for “Love is Free”:

Detours will be released this February.

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