Sheryl Crow dropped a new album that was entirely collaborations with some of the biggest names in music. It’s a good one. The entire album is a tribute to music and artists who she finds inspirational. With over 17 songs on Threads, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but we took a stab at it anyway.
“Redemption Day” is one of the top songs ever sang by Crow and mixing in Johnny Cash’s voice makes the song even more haunting, more melancholy. It’s one of those songs that keeps you on the edge of your seat, it perks your ears up and forces you to listen to the lyrics. Both Crow’s and Johnny’s versions are amazing pieces of work, but fused together and it makes music magic.
“Prove You Wrong” combines Crow with Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris, and strangely enough it works. They can all dig into their soulful, rock star personas, and complement each other throughout the song. Although all are from different generations and genres, Sheryl Crow is known for being able to blend the lines between musical tendencies and create, or in this case, re-create some songs can stand the test of time.
Crow teams up with Jason Isbell to cover Bob Dylan’s “Everything Is Broken.” Dylan’s version is more groovy and a slower pace but it worked for him. That being said, Crow and Isbell take this song to the next level by increasing the pace to something that you legitimately want to dance to at your local fair or picnic.
“Nobody’s Perfect” is one of the more beautiful sounding songs on the entire album. Singing with Emmylou Harris, the two sing a song with an important message and their two voices together during the chorus will give you goosebumps. It’s the type of song that needs little production as their harmonies grab your attention off the bat.
The great thing about this project is that Sheryl picked not only musicians from all genres but also some amazing songs that perhaps we had forgotten about. George Harrison’s “Beware of Darkness” finds a new voice between Crow and Brandi Carlisle. And that’s not even mentioning that the song also finds room for Sting and Eric Clapton. It’s easy listening and comforting, and Sheryl has the ability to make the songs sound fresh and new, without tainting the original.