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Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)

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With an album title that twists references to The Soft Boys and Fairport Convention, Underwater Sunshine displays Counting Crows' love for music with covers of songs they've simply always liked. The choices are eclectic and inspired, promoting newer names such as The Romany Rye ("Untitled Love Song"), Coby Brown ("Hospital"), and Dawes ("All My Failures") and established acts like Bob Dylan ("You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "Girl from the North Country") and The Faces ("Ooh La La"). Singer Adam Duritz is a confessed music geek, and his love for the material is obvious. The band's kinetic energy and intuitive chemistry work through a variety of genres with assurance. Their take on Kasey Anderson's "Like Teenage Gravity" brings out its dark brooding ghost. Pure Prairie League's "Amie" and Big Star's "The Ballad of El Goodo" are good fun and a chance for the band to break out the harmonies. The entire album lets the band enjoy playing for the love of the song, and it shows. Their versions of "Girl from the North Country" and Madonna's "Borderline" are exclusive to iTunes. 

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Another great one

Heard a lot of the album on the website and a couple of songs I have heard before from live or expanded previous releases. Crows are my favorite band and have not disappointed me one again. I think I like it better than the last one. Can't wait to see them live again on may 5th. A hear a lot of people say that they like the old stuff and it is probably impossible to ever have an album as great as August but they have become a better band and Adam can still write. Don't pass on this one! Hospital is a great song and jumping jesus and white horses are finally on an album where they belong.


I am a LONG time CC fan; the first band i'd ever buy new albums for day of their releases, listened to all albums on repeat till I knew the words, see them every time they're in town, etc. This album misses the mark big time. I am confused with all the positive reviews. This band brought us August, Recovering, This Desert, Hard Candy, Sat Nights/Sun Mornings AND THEN this...Seriously? I can't buy into saying "thank you for releasing something" when it is this lame and uninspired; it does nothing to reflect the progressive greatness of this band; it's a copout.

Somewhat cheated

I feel a little cheated that it's not originals. Four years and not a single new song? Adam's pure gold when he does write songs, but the rest of the bands got to be itchin to do something new. Hope we don't have to wait another 4-6 years for another album, new or used.....


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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