Sheryl Crow: Abbey Road Studios, London
Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1998
IT'S ALL very odd. A big, tall, whitewashed room with padded walls: at one end sits Sheryl Crow with longtime guitar player Tim Smith only she doesn't look like Sheryl Crow; she looks like Meg Ryan impersonating Sheryl Crow while scattered rather too thinly about the rest of the room is a 200-strong audience which doesn't much look like an audience. Most look stressed or lost. Sheryl, however, looks totally relaxed, quaffs a glass of wine (ours were confiscated at the door) and, adding to the surreality, declares "this absolutely, equivocally is not a show."
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