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Waiting for Adam

One wonders what happens to bands like Counting Crows. After releasing one of the most beautiful albums of the last fifty years with the debut August and Everything After, the band began its steady demise. August was a stripped down, tightly crafted piece of work. The Counting Crows obviously listened to thier producer's advice, and also toiled hard with each song, dedicating the time needed to create a great record. But the jewel in the crown of the Counting Crow's first album was Adam's lyrics. They seemed to come from somewhere real, somewhere most could relate to. They were based in the desperation of small town anonimity and the pain and confusion of lost love. But that was then...

Since August, the albums have steadily progressed from undisciplined mediocrity to plain out rubbish. And in a final dismal display, the once shining light of the band is now reduced to doing a whole album singing other people's songs. It's not so suprising that the band has gone down this path. Adam's lyrics have become weaker and weaker since those early days - it seems because he has nothing worth writing about anymore. In August and Everything After, Adam sings about the pain of watching a friend destroy herself with drugs. A decade later, in Saturday Nights, he sings about how tough life is hanging out with coked up supermodels.

Adam's prediction in Mr Jones, "we're gonna be big stars", came true. Unfortunately fame seems to have drained the Counting Crows of the hunger it takes to write a better than average album. The band is a good lesson in being careful what you wish for.

Counting Crows are Back!

Underwater Sunshine is Counting Crows first studio album since Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings in 2008 which has been four years too long. I was a bit disappointed to see that this offering features a number of covers until I listened to it. Too many bands record a cover and you wonder why they bothered. Some inspire comparisons withe original and a select few make the song their own. Counting Crows achieve the latter with every track on this album. The album highlights the band's ability to master a diverse range of musical styles and the vocals are as sharp and distinctive as ever. This album does not disappoint. Sit back, put your headphones on and enjoy every minute.

Clever Covers With The Crows' Touch

Underwater Sunshine is an enjoyable collection of covers that primarily showcase Adam Duritz's eclectic musical tastes. While many fans would have preferred the band to focus their musical energies towards a new album of originals songs, there is still a lot to enjoy amongst the 15 tracks. 'Like Teenage Gravity' and the live staple 'Four White Stallions' are worth particular mention.


Formed: August, 1991 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With their angst-filled hybrid of Van Morrison, the Band, and R.E.M., Counting Crows became an overnight sensation in 1994. Only a year earlier, the band was a group of unknown musicians, filling in for the absent Van Morrison at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony; they were introduced by an enthusiastic Robbie Robertson. Early in 1993, the band recorded its debut album, August and Everything After, with T-Bone Burnett. Released in the fall, it was a dark and somber record, driven by the morose...
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