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Each band I am fond of manages to give me that 'moment' when I just smile and think, 'Yeah, I like them!', and Counting Crows are a prime example. They first emerged onto the commercial scene with this 1993 debut album release, August and Everything After, and the 'moment' I am talking about is a beautiful one that happens very early on in the first track on the album, 'Round Here'.
However, my first experience of this album was a 'mix tape' (remember them?!) that a friend made, featuring Mr Jones, perhaps their most successful and well know single to date. Liking the sound, I borrowed the album, which was on tape at that point, and played the first track. After a gentle guitar intro and the dulcet and lonely vocal sound of lead singer Adam Duritz, there's a strum moment which just makes me smile. It did it the very first time, and it still does it every time I listen to it now, no matter what mood I'm in. We then get a nice and relaxing tune which, lyrically, tells of a girl looking for a way out of her dull life. Not the happiest of stories, but a tune that makes me smile nonetheless.
It's swiftly followed by 'Omaha', another lyrically down tale but with an upbeat tune that details how it's somewhat pointless trying to improve on anything and you should 'get your money back at the door', presumably the door to your life. It's rather downbeat and quite deep and meaningful in terms of its lyrical presentation, but ultimately the music is very upbeat and enjoyable. This is something that I find intriguing and highly entertaining about all of the track on here, that the power comes through with the music and not necessarily the lyrics. It's almost as if they're painting a dull picture of life but giving it to us in a way that just says, 'Oh well, never mind' - an acceptance to make the most of what you've got.
From the key changes to the extremely catchy 'Mr Jones' to the eclectic brilliance of musical writing that is 'Anna Begins', and from the unbelievably morose 'Time and Time Again' to the nostalgic 'Sullivan Street', there is certainly an element of insecurity that seems to run through the whole thing, and you can't help thinking that the writing here is just as much about the lyrics as the attitude of the music that comes across as quite blase. Duritz' vocals are morose, there's no other way to describe it, but there's a certain positive and determined tone about him when he sings. If you hear him singing live, it's really passionate, and I think this is something that doesn't come through quite as much with the studio recorded music the Counting Crows produce. The positivity belies everything you'd expect to hear if you had read the lyrics first of all and then turned the music on. It's quite surprising, and done very well.
There's also a very raw and exciting power about the sounds produced here. There's an acoustic lean on things, with heavy use of guitar sounds mixed with ebbing flowing vocal power. Duritz certainly does manage to match the tone and force of his voice with the lyrics and instrumentals of each track, and this is showcased for me no better than in 'Anna Begins', which has fast become one of my favourite tracks of theirs. It's musical brilliance as far as I'm concerned, from the lyrics to the instrumentals and the vocals, and the whole performance of the track. It defies normality and goes against a regular tune, giving no clue or constance that would hint at where a verse or chorus is coming in, making it a very emotionally powerful and determined tune matched only by the defiant tale of love that the lyrics weave. Top stuff!
Album construction isn't something that often leaps out at me, but I can't help looking at this and thinking that the balance of pace and power is held just perfectly as the album continues. Adam Duritz has a very distinctive voice that could quite quickly become too familiar and 'samey' were it given the opportunity, but the way the album is constructed means that it works perfectly, the pace of instrumentals on the album hiding the fact that the vocals stay at a pretty constant speed, no matter the track. There are a few exceptions, such as 'Rain King' which has a bit more speed and 'Sullivan Street' which is very slow indeed, but as a general rule, pace of the vocals is very constant and allows the instrumentals to do the pace control. It works brilliantly.
Above it all, and despite the unquestionably upbeat attitude the album shows, it can't completely hide the emotional heights that these guys obviously feel. The lyrics, and the emotional power that the tracks are played with, really do highlight this, and the fact that it brings out thoughtful emotions in me when I listen to it mean that their abstract sound has the ability to bring you back to a sense of normality and relaxation, when in theory it really shouldn't. The truth is that these guys just sing about things that we just entertain in our thoughts on a regular basis and it rarely passes our lips. If they can make music about it, then that's great.
This is one of my favourite ever albums, and it is one I have listened to regularly for a long time. It never bores me, and every time I listen to a track from it, there's always something new that leaps out at me that I hadn't noticed before. I said at the start that its 'moment' that leaps out at me comes really early as the strumming of 'Round Here' starts, but in reality, this is just one of many moments throughout the album that make me sit up and actually hear what I'm listening to, and the finale is perhaps the most clever part of it in its content as well as the relevance to the band's name. It's about offering advice to someone else who needs it, telling them to make a change if they need to. It also counts crows, bringing a certain relevance into the age old well know saying: 'One for sorrow, two for joy, three for girls and four for boys, five for silver, six for gold, seven for stories never to be told', and is the most profound part of the album for me. It simply says, 'We're here!' And they certainly are. Recommended!
August and Everything After came out way back in 1993! It wasn't till a few years later I first heard this American Band. Lead singer Adam Duritz' vocals are stunning, and his lyrics are beaufiful. I lwould say this album is a great one to chill out to. So I am going to go through and review each song and let you know why I love it! Soooo
1.Round Here - Nice slow start, stunning song. Some really thought provoking words that make you smile. Good start 8/10
2. Omaha - Another slow one. Again nice simple music and the lyrics tell a good little story. 8/10
3. Mr jones - This song makes the album. Faster than the others, a real quirky song. Again the words are perfect 'we all want something beautiful, man i wish i was beautiful'. I love this song and it is the reason I bought this album! 10/10
4. Perfect Blue Buildings - Another slow one, a little depressing really, but still a really good song. 8/10
5. Anna Begins - I once saw Counting Crows live, when Adam sang this song hehad tears steaming down his face. A beautiful song, tells the story of lost love. 9/10
6. Time and Time again - Not quite as powerful as some of the songs, still with a really chilled out vibe. 7/10
7. Rain King - 'When I think of heaven, deliver me in a black wing bird'. Ehhhh? Great song, more upbeat than the others really sticks in your head. 8/10
8. Sullivan Street - Really nice guitar at the start, super chilled out song. 8/10
9. Ghost Train - This one never seems to get going, probably my least favorite song. 'How do you do?' 6/10
10. Raining Baltimore - 'The circus is falling down on its knees' Piano in this is amazing. This is a magical song. Just reaches into your soul and stirs your emotions! 9/10
11. A murder of one - More upbeat again to finish off. A good song butnot quite a great song, 8/10
Overall this is a wonderful song. Some of the best lyrics you will ever hear. Adam Duritz' amazing vocals just enhance his powerful lyrics. If you have never heard of Counting Crows I recommend this album, they have done quite a few other but this one was there first and in my opinion is there best. If you find its a little to slow, try there second album, recovering the satallites, that is more of a rock album.
Overall would have to give this 9/10! Brilliant!!
This was the first album by American rock group Counting Crows and features their breakout hit track 'Mr Jones'. Released in 1993 this was originally an eleven track album but has now been re-released (in 2007) as a special deluxe edition featuring six bonus tracks and a bonus live recording disc. My review will focus on the original album release.
The band are fronted by vocalist Adam Duritz whose soulful voice is very distinctive. He sounds like something of a beatnik or dropout, someone who is very casual about everything and everyone. There is a lack of distinction in his pronunciation that makes him seem slightly high or just very laid back. Although his voice has a sleepiness about it, Duritz is able to convey the meaning and emotions of the lyrics because the songs always refer to very personal experiences and situations. Overall, Duritz's performance seems very natural and genuine.
Musically, the band have an Indie sound. The guitars have a smudged, dirty sound and they are always dominant in the song mixes. Percussion is light and sharp and there is often a piano or harmonica used to good effect. Lyrically, there is a lot of very personal references to people and places and this conjures up the world of the band. There is a poetic vision in many of the songs, with some beautiful wordplay involved.
The album contains several of the band's best known and loved tracks. Top of the list is 'Mr Jones', a top thirty hit for the band in the UK. It is a rowdy,
celebratory track that sounds funky and fun. It is one of the more upbeat tracks on the album and the chorus sees Duritz's voice soar into the stratosphere to hit the high notes. The chorus is very memorable and the subject of the song, Mr Jones, is both puzzling and attractive.
Another upbeat track is 'Rain King'. It recieved some airplay in the UK thanks to it's quick tempo and jerky rhythm and was a big hit in the States. I am not entirely certain what the lyrics refer to as they are quite abstract. The persona in the song calls himself the 'Rain King' and comes across as someone who is stuck inbetween places. The first and last verse are perhaps the most lyrically superb with references to 'fields of flame and heather' and the 'burning heart of God'.
My favourite track on the album, and one of my favourite songs of all time, is the album opener 'Round Here'. The ghostly, solo guitar introduction is spine chilling and the music seems to mimic the 'fog' and whiteness referred to in the first verse lyrics. The song radiates with a sense of dis-satisfaction felt by the central female character, Maria and the description of her plight is very moving and serious.
'Omaha' is the second track on the album. It is essentially a song about the lifestyle of those living 'somewhere in middle America'. The lyrics are very poetic and read like an abstract poem, inspiring feelings and emotions rather than referring to any concrete idea. A catchy repetitive melody means this track lingers in the mind after the first listen.
A few tracks on the album are a little downbeat and depressive and these include 'Raining in Baltimore' which I consider to be the weakest song. It is maudlin and miserable and really brings the city of Baltimore to life as a grim, dirty and ugly place. I have seen this track featured in a sad scene on a television drama and it was quite effective.
Another song with a serious, downbeat style is 'Anna Begins' although this song has rather poignant and intelligent lyrics and a more quirky, rhythmic style. It is a longer track and focuses on the problems in a relationship. I really like this track as the lyrics seem to reflect what it feels like to think and worry about the problems faced by a couple.
The album ends with 'A murder of One', a track feels much more like mainstream rock and which has a sophisticated, structured style. Another great track with a distinctive chorus and clever, meaningful lyrics which even sees the band reference themselves.
Overall this is a great album and one that I've enjoyed listening to regularly since it's release in the mid-nineties. The band have gone from strength to strength since this debut but I regard this as their best work.
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Counting Crows are an American band that never really made it big in this country which is a real shame as they are so talented! They were formed back in 1990 and are still together after all these years! They tour the UK every couple of years and although they are my favourite band of all time I have not yet seen them in concert as I am not a fan of crowded places!
The album 'August and Everything After' was released back in 1993 and it was the soundtrack to my youth, blimey that makes me feel old now! I listen to this album on a regular basis even today and never get bored of it as it is still my favourite!
The tracks are as follows:
1. Round Here
A brilliant guitar riff opens this track which is repetitive throughout but not annoying. The song is very simple yet effective. Some great lyrics such as "we talk just like lions but we sacrifice like lambs". A great opening track to the album and one of my favourites.
This song is a bit more upbeat than the last one but still very easy listening. Quite a catchy little number with a real American country feel to it.
3. Mr Jones
If anyone has heard of the Counting Crows they would probably associate them with this song as it is the most well known and was re-released a few years ago. A real toe tapping song which makes you want to get up and boogy! This is my joint favourite with 'Round Here'
4. Perfect Blue Buildings
This song starts off quite slow and depressing in its sound but it does pick up after a minute or so. It's a nice smooth track and is one you can listen to whilst staring out the window deep in thought! Lovely chorus with a more upbeat feel.
5. Anna Begins
Quite a slow beat and pace to this song but certainly not boring. A nice chilled song again with a catchy and slightly more upbeat chorus. Some more great lyrics including "kindness falls as light rain as it washes me away".
6. Time and Time Again
Another quite a slow starting with just a few guitar notes and vocals. Just wait until the chorus kicks in on this song though, it's a real belter!
7. Rain King
After listening to the previous quite slow and sedate song s this song really shows that this band are capable of all paces of song. This track is much more upbeat and a real feel good song.
8. Sullivan Street
A more sedate sounding song than the last one but very powerful. Again a great build up to a fantastic chorus.
9. Ghost Train
This is probably my least favourite song on the track but still a great song! Quite simple but lacking a powerful chorus like the other tracks.
10. Raining in Baltimore
A nice simple start to this song with just vocals with a piano accompaniment. A truly beautiful song that really shows off the lead singers distinct voice. A bit of a tear jerker this one!
11. Murder of One
The last track of the album certainly finishes the album off with a bang! A great upbeat track despite the songs title! Great end to the album.
This is one album that has certainly stood the test of time! After fifteen years it is still my favourite album of all time and I am forever trying to get my friends to appreciate its greatness! I have converted many to this band who at the start said "who"!
Counting Crows have released quite a few albums over the years but none seem to match the greatness of this one. Maybe I am just biased as this album brings back so many memories of my younger years!
I would recommend this album to anyone, no matter what your music tastes are or genres you prefer. They are a great band with a mellow rock feel to them yet also belt out some great ballads with a difference! On this album there are some tear jerkers yet some great feel good belters! The emotions you will experience after listening to this album will leave you feeling exhausted!!
Counting Crows - August and Everything After:
Adam lives in California. Adam has dreadlocks. Adam sings in a band. Adam sings songs about living in California and having dreadlocks and singing in a band.
1 Round Here
Adam lives round here. Adam knows a girl. Adam knows the girl is sad. Adam's girl goes away. Adam feels sad. Adam doesn't live round here no more.
Adam likes lyrics. Adam likes mandolins. Adam likes Hammond organs. Adam likes songs with lyrics and mandolins and Hammond organs.
3 Mr Jones
Adam wants to be Bob Dylan.
4 Perfect Blue Buildings
Adam has bones beneath his skin. Adam is a dead man trying to get out.
5 Anna Begins
Adam is not overly concerned. Adam is always overly concerned! Adam isn't going to break. Adam isn't going to worry. Adam isn't worried. Adam has done this sort of thing before. Adam starts to think about the consequences. Adam begins to tell Ana that this isn't love. Adam isn't ready for this sort of thing. Adam isn't ready for this sort of thing.
6 Time and Time Again
Adam has a whiny voice.
7 Rain King
Adam reads book by Saul Bellow. Adam likes title of book by Saul Bellow. Adam names song after title of book by Saul Bellow. Adam does not know why.
8 Sullivan Street
Adam doesn't really care. Adam's gone from there.
9 Ghost Train
Adam took a cannonball to the ocean. Adam had nowhere else to go.
10 Raining in Baltimore
Adam needs a phone call. Adam needs a raincoat. Adam needs a big love. Adam needs a plane ride. Adam needs a sunburn. Adam needs a raincoat.
11 Murder of One
Adam's been watching you for hours. Adam's been dreaming you've been counting crows. Adam's never heard of magpies.
Adam wishes he was beautiful. Adam will never be lonely. Adam sells lots of records. Adam goes on world tour. Adam is a big star now. Adam strikes lots of Jesus poses.
Counting Crows: Recovering the Satellites
Adam has a nervous breakdown. Adam shags half the cast of Friends. Adam sings songs about having nervous breakdown and shagging half the cast of Friends.
Counting Crows have never achieved much success here in the UK. Their most recognisable song being the Joni Mitchell cover collaboration with Vanessa Carlton, Big Yellow Taxi. Fortunately this surprise radio hit doesnt make an appearance on August And Everything After.
Back in 1993 Mr. Jones was receiving massive radio play in the States and as a result this album managed to have a fair amount of success, nowhere near what it deserves of course. Counting Crows originality was a breath of fresh air in the midst of the gloomy Seattle movement. Due to excessive imitation their style will never sound as refreshing again but make no mistake, the music featured here by no means feels stale.
Mr. Jones is one of the faster, more upbeat songs on the album and manages to hold its own amongst such classics as Round Here and the darker Anna Begins. Adam Duritzs lyrics are consistent throughout managing to paint pictures and bring back memories.
Considered by many to be a weakness of the groups, Duritzs vocals definitely feature heavily. For me they add so much more to the songs, a depth and edge of reality especially in the darker songs such as Anna Begins.
The quality of songs may vary slightly but no song takes anything away from the experience, one which you will undoubtedly repeat over and over again. August And Everything After is one of those rare gems that will stay with you for the rest of your life, never leaving your CD changer, and you may find that as you continue to experience life the songs will mean more and more to you.
The Counting Crows subsequent release didnt manage to capture the magic of this debut release but there are gems to be found. Lyrically Duritz progresses reaching new heights with songs such as A Long December and Angles of the Silence but they increasingly become diamonds in dirt albeit high quality dirt.
I cannot recommend this album highly enough. Yes, not all songs meet the greatness which some of these songs reach but then again no song on most albums come anywhere close. This is an album that will become part of your life, an album to make memories by.
Let me start this review by saying I am extremely bias towards counting crows because I love them so, but I will try and be as neutral as possible, for all you skeptics and people who aren?t so keen on them. The debut album ?August and everything after? is a wonderfully consistent album with each song brilliantly using a variety of tunefully played instruments, and powerful singing with, thought-provoking lyrics. It seems that this album just gets better with each listen. I love the way the piano fits so well with the acoustic guitar. I suppose here?s the part where I say, ?these songs stand out? (meaning these song are the only good ones), and well I can?t do that I?m afraid, even someone who doesn?t like counting crows, can admit each song achieves a similar result (whatever that result for you may be). I suppose my personal favorites are, ?Sullivan Street? and ?Anna begins? but really I love them all. I consider it a great album to lie down and listen to and relax, it could also be good for those romantic occasions, where a beautiful song can bring a couple together, (soppy I know but its such a sweet album). All the other albums are good too, however it always seems this is the one I love the most and always come back to. Their new album is in stores now as well ?hard candy? which is also excellent.
The Counting Crows sound is, at least to the untrained British ear, very much like country music. But whereas generic country music generally consists of some stereotype lamenting the wife, truck and dog he lost to drink, this is completely different. The lyrics are haunting and elegiac. The acoustic tunes match the album's 'feel' perfectly, and every track, from the anthems 'Round Here' and 'Murder of One' to the (even) slower 'Sullivan Street' and personal favourite 'Raining in Baltimore' just gets better each time you listen to it. Take this album like a book, and worry away at it. There's a message in there somewhere, or maybe there isn't: either way, it's up to you to figure it out. Some of the lyrics - "it's 4.30am on Tuesday, it doesn't get much worse than this" - are as striking as they are bleak.. but it's not all doom and gloom. Look hard, and you'll spot the affirmation of life in some of the songs as well. The other Counting Crow albums are good, but this is surely the best. It is consistently strong throughout, even in the no man's land of tracks seven through to eleven. This is music which will stay with you, not because it's catchy, although certain lines are, but because it addresses the bigger questions in life which we spend so long trying to shirk. Buy it, and I guarantee you won't regret it.
I bought this album in Manchester airport about an hour before I was due to board the plane to go to Malta. I can remember being annoyed as my walkman was in my suitcase and I couldn't listen to it until I got there. During the flight I started to read the inlay card and got absorbed into the words. The flight only felt like four minutes and not four hours. I fell in love with the words to all the songs on the album, especially Round Here. It seemed to be a love song to me and he seemed to be helping someone even though he was the one who needed help. When I got to my hotel I ransacked my suitcase to find my walkman and finally listened to the songs I knew the words to off by heart. Wow!! It was like I had come home. The songs appealled to me in ways music never has before. There was something about the almost folky music and deep gravely voice of Adam Duritz that was just right. I'm glad I bought the album and listen to it at least once a week.
I bought this album about 4 years ago, and it has been listened to god knows how many times, but do I grow sick of it, never. This to me is a sure sign of class. I don't even usually go in for this sort of music, but will always keep a copy of this album, which I feel is probably their best to date. What I love about this album is its diversity, It is essentially very chilled out, but works well as background music, or equally well with the volume cranked up. These guys, especially for an American band are very deep and from the heart, they give it all for the music (No offense intended, but most people know what I mean) . If your happy, the songs will make you smile, if unhappy, they put a tear in the eye. All backing instruments are very well played, the lead singer's a genius. As mentioned by other dooyoo members, you can always notice different vibes coming through the music every time you hear it, and small touches can go un-noticed time after time, and one day you suddenly realise different perceptions in the lyrics. Suitable for all, I recommend it to anybody, whatever their taste.
The brilliance of this album highlights the wealth of musical talent out there which never gets the recognition it deserves. August and Everything After, is an example of a harmonic gem hidden behind pop star semi-precious stones. When I was first introduced to Counting Crows 2 years ago, by a friend, I was amazed at the quality of the songs both on a lyrical and musical level. Although many bands have now copied the particular sound and style of Counting Crows, they remain one of the initiators of this blend of smooth vocals and soft rock. This particular album contains a range of songs, from upbeat Mr. Jones, to the much softer, darker Anna Begins. Time and time again you can listen to this album without fear of it becoming stale or undeserving of the five stars it surely earns. As each song starts, you feel the anticipation build as you wonder how you'll react. For depending on your mood you will read different things in the lyrics, and as a result undergo a variety of emotions. The lyrics from Round Here can be depressive in their bleak outlook one minute, and uplifting in their strength the next. And as a personal favourite that is one song which will always mean a lot to me. There is no doubt that some Counting Crows songs are better than others. The thing is that even the less good ones, are very very passable. I also believe that August and Everything After, is the best all-round album they have released, and the best to start on. Once you have listened to the Crows once, you can count on yourself wanting more. And believe me, there is more out there, you just have to know where to look. Somewhere hidden behind The Corrs, a little gem glistening softly, and beckoning you to take a flight with the Counting Crows.
I had already reviewed this album, but after a few months on dooyoo now, I've come to realise that my previous review was really quite awful! So, I decided to rectify the situation forthwith, despite my impending exams. Here then, are the results of the "solas" jury. The Crows' debut has come to be something of a classic in many circles. It features great songwriting (i.e. great lyrics and great tunes) and even better songwriting. (?) Really, though, the songwriting is top class! Many of the songs are rather pensive - the opening number "Round Here" seemed to be very depressing on first listen. But instead you eventually realise it's just a little sad - it seems to be about the mental illnes of a friend, or maybe it's about the end of a relationship (one of lyricist and vocalist Adam Duritz's favourite topics!). It still manages to stay a little upbeat through it all. Of course, the one everybody will recognise is Mr. Jones, the album's third track about aspirations to be famous and be on TV. Having seen them live, I get the impression that the band are a little bit fed up with the song (in the same way that Radiohead are fed up with "Creep") - but it's still a classic. The rest of the album isn't as radio-friendly as this track, simply because this song is hopefuly, while most of the rest aren't. Most of the songs are introspective, and to many, this will get annoying - but it promises some revelations about relationships that many will have thought about, but not have been able to express. "Anna Begins" fantastically charts the breakdown of a relationship and how Duritz has been through this before. For anyway who's been through this, it sounds very familiar and is VERY evoking. "Time and Time again" could have been about the aftermath of that relationship from teh previous song - about how you wish time could go back and
make everything ok again. Probably not the sort of thing you should be listening to if you're trying to get over someone, but once you're safely through on the other side, this song captures your feelings perfectly. "Rain King" is a lot more upbeat, a bit happier, but again a song of longing. "I belong/in the service of a Queen" Duritz says - well, me being a citizen I don't think I'd agree (ha ha ha ha! Ok, sorry - humour's not my best asset.) "Sullivan Street" is supposed a love song, but it still comes across as being sad. Probably the greatest song is "Raining in Baltimore" - again, another very sad song, describing thoughts rushing through your head of the "what's she doing now?" type. To finish, "A murder of one" is really a song of jealousy, depicting the phase where you're almost completely over the previous relationship, and the other is going out with someone else already, and you're saying, "Ha!, well, he's probably not as good as me" (which is a really sad state of mind to be in, having been through that myself!) All in all, this album may be a tad too depresing for many, but it contains many treasures and should really be in anyone's CD collection.
Those of you familiar with Counting Crows will not need me to tell you about the sheer genius of these guys. Their music is some of the most emotive I have ever come across. There is something to listen to, regardless of what mood you happen to be in. The talent of the lead singer Adam Duritz is good enough to content (in my opinion) with some of the greats of world music. He has a talent for conveying his emotions through his voice, not just through the words he sings. The words can say one thing but may mean something completely different. I find that the music seems to have so many different levels that I find something new each time I listen. Despite the deepness of the music it is suprisingly easy listening if that is what you are looking for. Unusually, the excellent lead singer is backed up by some excellent instrumentation from his fellow group members. This is not something that very many bands of today can claim. If you are looking for some music to listen to then go out and buy any Crows CD but AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER is my favourate.
If you aren't prepared to undergo serious mood swings then don't listen to this album. The Counting Crows take you all the way from a vibrant full of life feel with "Mr Jones" (a song supposedly about his penis???) to the depressing, I never want to leave the house again, "Raining in Baltimore". With a great blend of guitars and other instruments, this album makes you feel alive, but also makes you want to die. You can't help but get lost in your own mind whilst listening to this album.
When I was first introduced to The Counting Crows album ‘August and Everything After’ I had mixed feelings. Many of the songs sounded similar, and some of the lyrics appeared odd! A few months later I started listening to the album again and found that the more I listened to it the more I liked it. As I became familiar with the lyrics I found they had a quality not found in much of the music around today. Songs such as ‘Sullivan Street’ and ‘Raining in Baltimore’ are extraordinarily moving as they speak of loneliness and lost love. In ‘Raining in Baltimore’ Adam Duritz writes “This circus is falling down on its knees, the big top is crumbling down, it’s raining in Baltimore fifty miles east where you should be, no one’s around. I need a phone call, I need a raincoat, I need a big love, I need a phone call”. Adam Duritz’s often bizarre lyrics seem to reach where other songs don’t; their poetic resonance lasting long after the song has finished. The next album after ‘August and Everything After’ is ‘Recovering the Satellites’ and again takes some getting used to. Songs such as ‘Goodnight Elizabeth’ and ‘A Long December’ will repay your patience. Since then the Crows have brought out an album consisting of their live performances called ‘Across a Wire-Live in New York City’. This is quite simply the Counting Crows at their best. So don’t count your crows before they’ve hatched-be patient, stick with the music, and all will be revealed.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Round Here
3 Mr. Jones
4 Perfect Blue Buildings
5 Anna Begins
6 Time And Time Again
7 Rain King
8 Sullivan Street
9 Ghost Train
10 Raining In Baltimore
11 A Murder Of One