Sheryl Crow, ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]
Sheryl Crow‘s new single ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ is the anti-’Easy,’ as it’s a big vocal showcase that leans toward sharp, jabbing emotions. The country newcomer opens up to show off a voice that’s bathed in retro cool. This is a no-tricks ballad that finds a woman struggling to stay away from a guy she aches for.
‘Callin Me When I’m Lonely’ is the most pure country song on Crow’s recently-released ‘Feels Like Home’ album. Her pain is palpable as she’s tormented by a late-night suitor. “He left a message saying he was only 15 minutes away / And that’s just enough time for me to figure out if I should stay or leave / But if I think it through / I ain’t got nothing better than you,” she sings, revealing early on how she’ll decide.
Lady Antebellum‘s ‘Need You Now’ made late-night romance phone call songs cool again, but Crow’s ‘Callin’ Me …’ adds a vintage touch-up. You have to listen a few times to realize you don’t miss the heavy-handed production that sensationalizes and sexualizes similar efforts. It’s just a woman singing what’s in her heart, pure and simple.
“Why is he always gotta be calling me when I’m lonely / It’s so wrong to be leading me on and I cant say no / He swears that it’s gonna be different this time but it wont be / Why is he always gotta be calling me when I’m lonely.”
There’s room for a song like ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ right now, because artists are calling for more females on the radio, while radio is begging for something familiar that dial surfers won’t flick off in an instant. It could be a win-win for Crow.
Key Lyrics: “He’s at the front door now / With his magic smile / And hell be gone tomorrow / But right now he’s mine for a little while”
Did You Know?: Sheryl Crow has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, but has never had a No. 1 album.
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