Detours (Sheryl Crow album)

Detours is the sixth studio album by the American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, released on February 5, 2008. A return to Crow's forte in roots rock, the album also marks her reunion with Bill Bottrell, who produced her 1993 debut Tuesday Night Music Club and briefly worked on her 1996 album Sheryl Crow. The album sold over 700,000 copies worldwide up to 2010. [1]

Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 5, 2008 (2008-02-05)
Recorded2007 The Hit Farm in Nashville, Odditorium Recorders in California, Sage and Sound Studios in Hollywood, Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, The Pass Studios in Los Angeles, and 2 Seas Records in Bahrain
GenreRock, pop rock, folk rock
ProducerBill Bottrell
Sheryl Crow chronology
Home for Christmas
Singles from Detours
  1. "Shine over Babylon"
    Released: October 31, 2007
  2. "Love Is Free"
    Released: January 2008
  3. "Now That You're Gone"
    Released: April 2008
  4. "Out of Our Heads"
    Released: June 2008
  5. "Detours"
    Released: October 2008
  6. "Motivation"
    Released: November 2008

It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album on December 4, 2008. [2]


Detours was recorded at Crow's Nashville farm and includes 14 of the 24 songs recorded. The first single is a folk-rock anthem, "Shine over Babylon". Crow told Billboard in summer 2007 that the song "is very environmentally conscious, in the tradition of Bob Dylan". The single ended up being a radio airplay release and reached #42 on the Italy Singles Chart and #4 on the Billboard Adult album alternative chart.

In additional comments on her website, Crow describes the single as "in every way a desperate cry for understanding. Perhaps it is even a battle song in the face of fear."

In a statement, Crow described the record as "the most honest record I've ever made. It's about being forced to wake up"[3].

The second single was "Love Is Free" which, in Crow's own words, was "inspired by [the effect of Hurricane Katrina on] New Orleans. What struck me about it is the stoicism of the New Orleans people, they are very spiritually based. You can see it in their eyes that they aren't going to give up, they are going to rebuild." So far "Love Is Free" has gained much airplay in the States and has already begun to enter the Billboard charts: the U.S. Hot 100 (#77), the Canadian Hot 100 (#53) and the Japanese Hot 100 (#10).

Perhaps coincidentally, while the New Orleans-inspired single was distributed and its allusions were noted by Crow during appearances on American television, the album itself was released on the day of New Orleans Mardi Gras.

The singles "Now that You're Gone" (released only in Europe) and "Out of Our Heads" charted #19 and #17, respectively, on the Ukrainian FDR charts. "Motivation" was released as a radio single only and peaked at #14 on the Billboard Triple A chart in the US. The title track, "Detours", charted at #13 in the US after Crow performed it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Official videos

  • "Shine over Babylon"
  • "Lullaby for Wyatt"
  • "Love Is Free"
  • "God Bless This Mess"
  • "Now That You're Gone"
  • "Out of Our Heads"
  • "Gasoline"

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyA[8]
Los Angeles Times[9]
Rolling Stone[11]
Slant Magazine[12]
USA Today[13]

Detours scored a 75 on the website Metacritic, indicating 'generally favorable' reviews.[14]

Track listing

All lyrics and music by Sheryl Crow, except where noted

1."God Bless This Mess"2:09
2."Shine over Babylon" (lyrics: Crow, Bill Bottrell, music: Crow, Bottrell, Brian MacLeod, Eric Schermerhorn)4:03
3."Love Is Free" (lyrics and music: Crow, Bottrell)3:23
4."Peace Be Upon Us" (featuring Ahmed Al Hirmi) (music: Crow, Mike Elizondo, Bottrell, Jeff Trott)4:22
5."Gasoline" (featuring Ben Harper) (music: Crow, Bottrell, Trott)5:07
6."Out of Our Heads" (lyrics: Crow, Bottrell, music: Bottrell)4:28
8."Now That You're Gone"3:51
9."Drunk with the Thought of You"2:39
10."Diamond Ring" (music: Crow, Trott)4:10
11."Motivation" (lyrics and music: Crow, Bottrell)3:47
12."Make It Go Away (Radiation Song)"3:24
13."Love Is All There Is" (music: Crow, Elizondo, Trott)4:01
14."Lullaby for Wyatt"4:09
Total length:52:55


  • Adrián Agustin – assistant engineer
  • Ahmed AlHirmi – vocals
  • Abdulla AlKhalifa – vocal arrangement, vocal producer
  • Rosanna Arquette – vocals
  • Catherine Berclaz – art direction, creative director
  • Bill Bottrell – organ, synthesizer, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion, pedal steel, drums, electric guitar, marimba, pipe, vocals, choir, chorus, producer, engineer, mellotron, acoustic bass, string arrangements, drum programming, mixing, synthesizer bass, wurlitzer
  • Doyle Bramhall II – electric guitar
  • Teresa Bustillo – assistant
  • Matt Butler – cello
  • Sheryl Crow – organ, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, accordion, vocals, choir, chorus, handclapping
  • Wyatt Crow – noise
  • Greg d'Augelli – brass
  • Brendan Dekora – assistant engineer
  • Mike Elizondo – synthesizer, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, sampling, drum programming
  • Eric Fritsch – engineer
  • Ben Harper – vocals
  • Chris Hudson – production coordination
  • Brian MacLeod – percussion, drums, sampling, drum programming
  • Alex Pavlides – assistant engineer
  • Julian Peploe – art direction, package design
  • Mike Rowe – flute sample
  • Norman Jean Roy – photography
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Marva Soogrim – vocals
  • Zeph Sowers – assistant engineer
  • Jeremy Stacey – piano, drums, timbales, vocals, kalimba
  • Shari Sutcliffe – contractor
  • Matt Tait – engineer
  • Ken Takahashi – assistant engineer
  • Jeff Trott – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, vocals, choir, chorus, slide guitar
  • Scooter Weintraub – management
  • Pam Wertheimer – management
  • David Allen Young – assistant engineer

Release history and chart performance

Detours debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 92,000 copies in its first week and an additional 52,000 copies in its second week.[15] As of May 26, 2010, the album had sold 405,000 copies in the US.[16]

Region Date Label Catalog Sales Rank
Japan January 30, 2008 (2008-01-30) Universal UICA-1044 28,518[17] 22
United States February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05) A&M 405,000 2
United Kingdom February 18, 2008 (2008-02-18) Interscope 25,000 20
Canada February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05) A&M 50,000 2
Ireland February 18, 2008 (2008-02-18) Interscope 28

Year-end charts

Chart (2008) Peak
Top Alternative Albums 22
Top Comprehensive Albums 125
Billboard 200 114


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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