Crow will return February 5, 2008 with her next A&M/Interscope album, Detours. Shine Over Babylon, the first track released to the public, is at iTunes now. Crow told Billboard.com this summer that the song "is very environmentally conscious, in the tradition of Bob Dylan."
"I'm really encouraging artists to write about what's going on, because we seem to be very distracted by some lightweight topics," she said. "I think it's time to start writing about the reality of what's around us."
In additional comments on her Web site, Crow describes the single as "an every way a desperate cry for understanding. Perhaps it is even a battle song in the face of fear."
Detours was recorded at Crow's Nashville farm and will feature "14 or 15" of the 24 songs put to tape. The artist's baby son, Wyatt, makes an appearance on the song "Lullaby for Wyatt," which will be featured in the upcoming movie "Grace Is Gone."
"The songs are very inspired by the last three years of events in my life," Crow said of a time that found her battling breast cancer and splitting with partner Lance Armstrong.
It has been announced that Shine Over Babylon will be the first promotional single (download only). The music video for the single was released on the Sheryl Crow website and can be seen on the popular video site Youtube. The music video consists of newspaper articles and headlines of recent and current affairs that are affecting the world today. The first 'official' single to be released is Love Is Free. This song was inspired by the people of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.