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Sheryl Crow: The Globe Sessions (DTS CD)

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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted May 28, 2001 | E-mail the Author
The Movie:

"The Globe Sessions", Sheryl Crow's latest effort, showed an artist who, in some ways, attempted to mature by adding more complex musical arrangements as well as some other details like orchestra backing on some of the tunes. At the end of it all though, one wishes that she had continued doing what she does best - simply writing wonderfully catchy, smart rock/pop tunes with clever lyrics carried by her fantastic voice.

To be fair, there are some hints of the past few albums throughout "The Globe Sessions"; the opening number, "My Favorite Mistake", as well as the excellent cover of Dylan's "Mississippi". Neither are quite the standouts that "If It Makes You Happy" and "Everyday is a Winding Road", from Crow's second album, were. There's a more melancholy air to the proceedings, and although it signals a different turn for Crow, it didn't always seem to be one that suited her.

It's not an album without some highlights, but it's one that has taken me a little longer to get used to than her other two releases.


The DVD

SOUND: "The Globe Sessions" is presented here in DTS-ES 6.1 audio, which is fully compatible with DTS 5.1 equipment. Although entirely pleasing, this is one of the least complicated surround-sound music mixes that I've listened to. Surrounds are used throughout the majority of the album, but there are also times when they are used simply and lightly to re-inforce the music from the front.

The guitars and some other light effects (the clapping that begins "There Goes The Neighborhood") are sent to the surrounds, as well as the occasional backing vocals. The DTS mix by David Tickle (who also did the mix for Sting's "Ten Summoner's Tales" DTS CD) simply opens up the music into the room without being gimmicky or distracting. An especially pleasant instance of this is how rich and warms the strings sound as the backing orchestra rises up during "Riverwide".

Audio quality was generally excellent, as would be expected from a DTS CD presentation; I haven't found one yet that offered less than good sound quality. Crow's wonderfully rich vocals came through clearly throughout, nicely presented both mainly from the front and from the surrounds during background vocals. The main vocals were clearly heard and presented at a fine volume to keep them from being lost in the rest of the music. Some of the random sounds seemed a little sharp (that clapping in "There Goes The Neighborhood"), but this is a minor concern. Overall, a perfectly pleasant and very enjoyable presentation, but not outstanding.

Final Thoughts: Although a fine album, I personally wish that one of the other two albums of hers would have been the ones to recieve DTS treatment. In terms of sound quality, the DTS mix isn't particularly showy or heavily agressive, simply doing a fine job opening the music out into the room without being distracting. For fans of the singer, the DTS CD is recommended.

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