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Sheryl Crow left Las Vegas, but have the '90s given us a better recidivist than she? The singer's new, surprisingly great greatest hits package is a virtual treatise on shining up shit -- on turning the shallow and tawdry and questionably legal into little three-minute packets of abandon we'd pump our quarters into till they're gone.

The track listing lays the story out for all to see: "All I Wanna Do" is "Soak Up the Sun," Sheryl admits, so she heads to Sin City, where she makes "My Favorite Mistake" (pick whichever you like) and realizes, inevitably, that "The First Cut Is the Deepest." So she tells her man she's "Leaving Las Vegas"; she's "Strong Enough" to hit the interstate, where 20 miles out, an all-night buffet reminds her of "The Light in Your Eyes." Damn, she thinks, over a plate of Jell-O with chunks of pineapple in it, "If It Makes You Happy," what's she doing leaving it? Luckily for Sheryl, though "A Change Would Do You Good," "Everyday Is a Winding Road" that leads back "Home."

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