November 12, 2007
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Album Review

Released for the British market, Hits and Rarities combines a good basic Sheryl Crow hits compilation with a collection of rarities that are either not that rare or interesting. The first disc is the stronger of the two, containing almost all of her big hits, not presented chronologically but presented entertainingly and not leaning too heavily on any particular era. Here, there are a few minor rarities -- the alternate Corrs version of "C'mon C'mon," soundtrack contributions to the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, the film Home of the Brave ("Try Not to Remember"), and her unfortunate cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" from Adam Sandler's Big Daddy -- which actually seem rarer than the stuff on the second disc. Seven of the 12 tracks there are live, many taken from the 2003 Live at Budokan, then there are two alternate takes, the B-sides "Chances Are," "Subway Ride," and a 1996 cover of Derek & the Dominos' "Keep on Growing." Nothing bad here, but hardly a worthy collection of Crow's stray tracks and certainly not worth seeking out, as it's neither complete nor really compelling. But the hits disc is good and if you're in the home territory, or find this at a bargain price, it's a nice -- if not necessary -- package overall. [A single-disc edition of Hits and Rarities was also released.]
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. All I Wanna Do
  2. My Favorite Mistake
  3. Soak Up the Sun
  4. Always on Your Side
  5. The First Cut Is the Deepest
  6. Every Day Is a Winding Road
  7. Try Not to Remember [From Home of the Brave]
  8. Leaving Las Vegas
  9. Strong Enough
  10. If It Makes You Happy
  11. Run, Baby, Run
  12. I Shall Believe
  13. Light in Your Eyes
  14. C'mon C'mon
  15. A Change Would Do You Good
  16. Wildflower
  17. Sweet Child O' Mine
  18. Tomorrow Never Dies