Sheryl Crow Be MyselfReportedly written after listening back to her early records in an attempt to figure out why they resonated with so many people, Be Myself has Sheryl Crow revelling in her age: hipsters are bad, comfy jeans are good, and nothing’s better than a beer and a great beat.

These earthy mannerisms make Crow’s ninth album more country-rock than she might like, at a time when she’s distancing herself from country radio, but the no-frills approach has universal appeal. Switching between personal tragedy and empathising with a world in crisis, Crow hits all the marks for a record as intimate as it is topical.

By Myself is out now via Warner.

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