Thursday, April 03, 2008

Music Alert! Counting Crows

The Counting Crows, that dreaded 90's wuss-rock band, released a new album last week and I'm digging it. I never understood the lack of passion for these guys. Not only do they create some of the best music ever that you can just drive to, but Adam Duritz's lyrics are penetrating and thoughtful. "Round Here" is one of my favorite songs, and while their latest, titled "Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings", doesn't feature the knockout of either that song or "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" from the mid 90's, it's an album that reminds me just how great this band is. And staying true to the album's title, the first half is up tempo and even rivals some of the early 90's grunge sound of Pearl Jam (as evidenced by the above featured You Tube track "1492") while the second half mellows out a bit. Neither half is better than the other, both styles of music complimenting the diverse talent and songwriting prowess of the band. If you're a fan, pick it up.

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