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August and Everything After

Counting Crows

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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

Unbelievable...

You know that feeling you get when you break up with someone and you spend a week in a crazy, deep funk, wondering how you’ll ever fill that empty space in your soul? Not really sad or angry, just hollow and yearning. Somehow this album feels exactly like that (esp. Raining in Baltimore). Wonderfully sad, and lonely, yet somehow hopeful. Put on your Ipod and take a walk in the rain with these guys. You may not feel better, but at least you’ll know you’re not alone.

not just an album

Most of the time when someone is excited about a record, they tell you way too much and beg you to listen to it, and it never fulfills your expectations. You listen to it and look at your friend and say, "it's good," and that's it. This album has such depth and definition from everything else being produced at the time, that I have no place in being that friend that ruins the experience. It has such meaning and emotion in every sound and every word, that you MUST experience it in your own way. But I can say this: this is so much bigger than an album - it stands alone, in sound and meaning, and must be heard front to finish, from the perfect opening to the warmest closing. Something you will never forget.

This Album Changed My Life

It's almost ridiculous to say that a cd with 11 songs on it could change your life, but this one did. Every one of the reviews of this album is 5 stars. There's a reason for that. This is hands down the best album that was produced in the '90's. What makes it even more amazing is that after owning this record for 12 years, I still listen to it every day. This is the defining album of my generation and it has never gotten old. The Counting Crows, to me, are one of the best bands around. Their new stuff is good as well, but this is by far their best work. This is without question the album that I have listened to the most in my life. When I'm down, I can put it on and feel like I've gone home. When I'm happy, it only adds to my mood. I'm not entirely sure that I would be the same person that I am today without August and Everything After... and the Counting Crows.

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 & 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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