When Sheryl Crow set out to record her new album, Threads, she had one thing in mind: going out with a bang.
The iconic singer/songwriter had aims for this to be her final full studio album, and Threads is available now. The follow-up to 2017’s Be Myself, the album finds Crow teaming up with several big-name special guests for some intriguing collaborations that showcase her impeccable songcraft quite efficiently.
Crow previewed the new material a few months back with “Prove You Wrong,” a track featuring both Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris:
While “Everything is Broken” finds acclaimed songwriter/singer Jason Isbell joining up for a Bob Dylan cover:
Other guests who appear with Crow on the album include Chuck D. of Public Enemy, Willie Nelson, St. Vincent, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Chris Stapleton, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, and even Johnny Cash:
A cover of George Harrison’s “Beware of Darkness” features Crow alongside Eric Clapton, Brandi Carlile and Sting, as well.
Last year, Crow told Rolling Stone she planned on having her next album, Threads, be her final studio album of new material:
“I made the decision in my head that the record that comes out next year will be my last full album and I’ll just start putting songs out. That feels good to me,” Crow says. “To not spend the time in the studio to make a fully realized conceptual album but just to put out really pertinent songs that feel immediate.”
Overall, Threads tells a remarkable musical story and its collaborations are quite impressive.
Stream the album below, via Spotify: