“Going country” is a tricky business. The wrong twang here or “y’all” there can make earnest attempts feel insulting. Fortunately, Sheryl Crow already had plenty of roots music in her pop-rock stew — in fact several past Crow hits could easily fit the 2013 format — so much of “Feels Like Home” indeed feels natural.
When it doesn’t, it’s tough going as on the obvious bids for radio play like formulaic first single “Easy” and “We Oughta Be Drinkin’.”
Luckily, the balance of “Home” is tilted towards quality. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.