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STUDIO: KOCH Vision
RATED: Not Rated
RUNNING TIME: 92 min
Sheryl Crow does the shit that she’s paid to do.
Sheryl Crow and her backing band.
Yeah, he had one ball. He told the press that he lost it to cancer. Truth is…I rocked it out of his sack.
Sheryl Crow Live is a concert shot in High-Definition for the larger musical series called Soundstage. The thing is shooting in High-Definition really means shit unless it’s being presented in an HD medium. So, what you’re really watching is an overlit concert that goes on for about two hours. There’s not a lot more to it than that. Well, outside of the crazy naked ending where the bass player sticks a Flying V up his ass.
Watch Sheryl Crow turn into Hairlip Steve.
Sheryl Crow has come a long way from being a back-up singer for Michael Jackson on his BAD tour. Soundstage chose to focus on Sheryl Crow as she enters into the second decade of her work as a solo performer. The favorites are played and everyone woos. Then, the show kicks into gear. Well, it slowly reclines into a comfortable position and then does stuff.
Sheryl Crow Live opens on an introduction to the show. Sheryl plays it cool and gets the audience behind her. She talks about her work and the influence of Nick Lowe a little. Hell, she even cuts up a little with some humor. It’s nice, safe fun that your parents can enjoy.
Imagine ninety more minutes of this.
The setlist is pretty good. You get stuck with Soak Up the Sun, but she also plays tracks such as Home and Safe & Sound. I like to see a more eclectic side of Crow’s work, while being presented with even the biggest hits. It’s a fair disc that performs well. But, it’s barely anything more than background filler on a busy day.
What it all comes down to is that you’ve got to be a pretty big Crow fan to enjoy this. Everyone else would handle one screening and then do nothing. It’s very forgettable, but it’s entertaining for that one view. I know that I shouldn’t look favorably upon such disposable entertainment. But, here we are.
Nothing to see here.
Sheryl Crow Live arrives on DVD with nothing to show. The packaging is awkward. Once, you get out of that…you’ve got no special features. You watch the concert and then you’re done. What more is there? I need more.
Quality is pretty strong. The only problem is that its destined for HD greatness look over-lit and a bit blurry on regular DVD. This washed-out effect is particularly annoying on LCD monitors. But, I’ve noticed it fares better on CRT and traditional tube televisions. Yeah, I’m stretching for nice things to say.
In the end, Sheryl Crow Live is an average concert film. You know the tracks. You either like them, ignore them or hate them. There’s very little in-between on the matter. So, take that for what you will.
Sheryl Says…it’s fucking over.