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Editors’ Notes

San Francisco’s Counting Crows’ debut album was a classic rock radio programmer’s dream. Finally, here was a collection of hook-heavy tunes delivered by a singer who’d studied his Dylan-Van Morrison-Jagger phrasings and whose backing ensemble knew how to judiciously apply organ, piano, acoustic and electric guitar to a no-nonsense backing groove. The formula seems so simple and obvious, but then why are there so few albums as immediately impressive as 1993’s August and Everything After? The answer here is songwriting. The album contains an overabundance of magical ideas, from the opening, unwinding drama of “Round Here” that suggests Springsteen at his most lyrical and theatrical, through the Band-Van Morrison jaunt of “Omaha,” the rollicking yet yearning “Mr. Jones” and the moody life-or-death introspection of “Perfect Blue Buildings,” “Anna Begins” and “Sullivan Street.” Counting Crows were a group who looked to do it all. The confidence can be heard in the band’s loose swagger and its intricate weave of accordion textures that never tip the group too far into the Americana graveyard where many traditionalists accidentally tilt their fortunes.

Customer Reviews

A Perfect Album

Counting Crows have done some great work since but this (their a first album) is just a perfect perfect piece of work. One of the few albums in my 300+ collection that I can say I love every track. From the quiet beginnings through to the sadness of Raining in Baltimore. If you love Rock, blues, soulful music in fact if you just love music you should own this album

Amazing

This album is amazing, its one of the few albums you can listen all the way through and not skip a track, the way it starts and the way it ends is awesome, Definatly recommend this to everyone.

Yet again

This is the third time that I have bought this album since it's release! The lesson to be learnt is don't lend friends music this good. There's little that stands the test of time but this will always be around for those who enjoy music for it's insightful lyrics, beautiful melodies and pure, good old fashioned pop music.

Biography

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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