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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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Showing a return to form.

Though all covers, this album sounds more like The Crows at their best. I haven't felt this excited for a Crows release since Hard Candy, their best album, came out. There is an energy back in the music that I really like. They made the covers sound like hits of their own. I do wish they'd come out with a new album of originals though. My favorite songs on this album are Amie, Mercy, Return of the Grievous Angel, You Ain't Goin' Nowhere, and Untitled. Ooh La La was good, but it can't hold a candle to Rod Stewart's version. Instrumentally, they clearly keep growing and it shows on this album. The piano on Mercy is just amazing.

Not a great album, but some great music here

You Ain't Going Nowhere is great and live it's even better. A fun romp. Return of the Grevious Angel is excellent too. While I usually like to get whole albums, perhaps it's better to pick and choose from this one.

By the way, they should have included their great cover of Friend of the Devil.

Catch the Crows during this brief tour or in August. They are great live.

Sorry, this was awful

Not sure why they wasted their time remaking these songs. Refund please?


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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