9 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their seventh studio album and first collection of new material since 2008's Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, Counting Crows sound like a reinvigorated band. Forget trying to make another "Mr. Jones": Wonderland is a joyful exploration of classic styles, expertly executed and whimsically performed. "Palisades Park" is an eight-minute suite that winds through jaunty rock and breezy pop, while "Earthquake Driver" is a soulful nugget that quotes The Beatles (literally). Nodding to everyone from The Grateful Dead to R.E.M. to Thin Lizzy, the album is anchored, as always, by Adam Duritz's canny wordplay: "I need the whites, she gets the blues," he sings on the alt-country "Scarecrow." This sounds like the most fun the Crows have had in years.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their seventh studio album and first collection of new material since 2008's Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, Counting Crows sound like a reinvigorated band. Forget trying to make another "Mr. Jones": Wonderland is a joyful exploration of classic styles, expertly executed and whimsically performed. "Palisades Park" is an eight-minute suite that winds through jaunty rock and breezy pop, while "Earthquake Driver" is a soulful nugget that quotes The Beatles (literally). Nodding to everyone from The Grateful Dead to R.E.M. to Thin Lizzy, the album is anchored, as always, by Adam Duritz's canny wordplay: "I need the whites, she gets the blues," he sings on the alt-country "Scarecrow." This sounds like the most fun the Crows have had in years.

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