Sheryl Crow Wildflower (A&M Records) The morning beer-buzz has dissipated and Sheryl Crow is no longer that rock chick whose aim in life was to have fun before meeting her maker. Twelve years after her Tuesday Night Music Club gave us All I Wanna Do, she's more mellow, introspective and mature. At 43, and soon to become Mrs Lance Armstrong, she's also (one presumes) happy, although that's one sentiment noticeably absent on her fifth studio set. Solemnity marks each of its 12 tracks (the title song is repeated as an acoustic number), and the beat is suitably sombre. Mostly about faded love, it runs through associated feelings of rejection, solitude, disappointment and resignation. Loneliness is the common refrain. Which removes one possible source of excitement from this largely lacklustre collection. Working with producer John Shanks and frequent collaborator Jeff Trott, Crow offers the personal yet isolates with excessive soul searching. Her songs also suffer from sameness. Little differentiates the tracks, although Wildflower is a standout on a par with Riverwide (The Globe Sessions), where intensity is concerned. Live it Up also pricks the ear, but only because it's the sole uptempo offering. It, too, tows the love-wrecked theme. Always on Your Side strives for anthemic status, but even with Crow laying it bare to the accompaniment of strings, it never reaches the climax it promises. And Letter to God is just too obvious. Crow shows that 2002's cheerful C'mon C'mon doesn't define her. But if her 'yesterdays are all boxed up and neatly put away', as she tells us this time around, why open the lids and let the past run the show?