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C'Mon, C'Mon
Artist: Sheryl Crow  
Label: Interscope Records
Length: 13 tracks

It is unlikely that there will be a better collection of radio friendly rock songs released in 2002. This is an album made to sell and to sell in jolly quick time. Add to the infectious acoustic rock pop tunes, guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, and the omnipresent Emmylou Harris and it wasn’t taking any risks. It was made to succeed. There is little left to chance. 

If you find yourself on the California freeway with the top down and the sun on your back and a gentle Pacific breeze blowing through your hair, then this is the album. Even if it is just your window down, roof still on and the less glamorous, less hot and more likely cloudy skies of north Antrim this will be many a drivers best friend. You’ll sing along, drive a little quicker and with a smile on your face. Even in the title track Crow asks an ex lover to come and break her heart again with an energy and desire and almost happy grin. Nothing it seems can prevent a good time. On the single "Soak Up the Sun" she declares “I’m gonna soak up the sun/Gonna tell everyone/To lighten up(I’m gonna tell ‘em that).” And oh she does.

So this critic is stating his case of which he is certain ­ C’Mon, C’Mon is a good album and singles like the title track, "It's So Easy" (Henley’s duet and he is magnificent), and "It’s Only Love" to name but three will flood American radio for the rest of the year and beyond. And yet…Well it all seems to be lacking in depth. Like that Californian tan there seems to be nothing underneath that will linger after the looks have given away to the wrinkles of old age or the sunshine to the rain of a north Antrim autumn. Any probe below the surface will end up a little empty and dissatisfying. If you can get past the love you have for the tunes you begin to sense that you have heard it all before, that she is throwing out clichés about hearts on sleeves, chasing dreams and flying to the stars. John Lennon is paraphrased in "Diamond Road" less obviously than his old partner Paul was in "Long and Winding Road" but a little more substantially, “Life is what happens when you are making plans” is a little close to Lennon’s “Life is what happens to you/ When you are busy making other plans” from "Beautiful Boy."

In the end Guthrie said (and I am always saying it) music should be not only good but good for something. C’Mon, C’Mon is good but actually it is not really good for anything. “Good for nothing” seems to misrepresent what I am saying but then again… 
Steve Stockman 5/8/2002

Steve Stockman is the Presbyterian Chaplain at Queens University, Belfast, Ireland, where he lives in community with 88 students. He has just finished a book on U2 - Walk On; The Spiritual Journey Of U2, is the poetic half of Stevenson and Samuel who have just released their debut album Gracenotes and he has a weekly radio show on BBC Radio Ulster. He has his own web page - Rhythms of Redemption at He also tries to spend some time with his wife Janice and daughters Caitlin and Jasmine.



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