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Counting Crows are one of my favorite bands of all time. This album, Recovering the Satelllites was there second album that came out back in 1996. It was a massive hit over in America, didn't do quite as well over here. But I love this album, here is what I make of each song. 1. Catapult - A great start, powerful and moving. I love the lyircs and the rhythm and its a really strong song. Excellent start to the album. 8/10 2. Angels of the silences - Another powerful song. Some very moving lyrics and a really catchy tune. I love this song, is one of the best on the album and is brilliant live. 9/10 3. Daylight fading - More class. Not quite as upbeat as the previous songs, this one has a happy country sound to it. There are some more great lyrics and its very catchy. 9/10 4. I'm Not Sleeping - The album changes here. This song is a little slower but still very powerful. Not quite as good as some of the other songs but still a decent offering. 7/10 5. Goodnight Elizabeth - A slow song, very emotional. This one is packed with moving words, last time I saw them live Adam Duritz the lead was in tears as he sang this song. 8/10 6. Children In Bloom - More upbeat, a really good song yet again. Again the lyrics are excellent and this is one of the bands real strength. 8/10 7. Have You Seen Me Lately - More catchy pop bliss. A really happy upbeat song that I really enjoy. Another of my favorite songs that I enjoy. 9/10 8. Miller's Angels - Another slow one. Not the best this song, a little slow and boring to be honest. 6/10 9. Another Horsedreamers Blues - Great name for a song, however the song itself is not really very impressive. 6/10 10. Recovering the satellites - Title track and a good one. More upbeat again just when we need a lift. Not the best but a good addition to the album. 8/10 11. Monkey - Good little song, again nothing to special but worthy of a place on the album. 8/10 12. Mercury - Again a nice song. Song good words and a nice mellow song, I like this one. 8/10 13. A Long December - This was the first Counting Crows song I ever heard. It stopped me in my tracks and made me listen. I was desperate to find out who the band were and went and bought there album. Its possibly the most beautiful song I have ever heard. It's just pure magic! 10/10 14. Walkaways - Short little song to finish of the album, very mellow with a nice sound. 8/10 Overall a wonderful alubm, there are a few weaker songs on the album, but plenty of really good ones. A Long December is by far the best song on the album and is worth buying for that song alone. If you are not familiar with Counting Crows this album is a good place to start. They are an excellent band who are one of my all time favorites. Overall it gets an 8/10
Counting Crows: Recovering the Satellites On first impressions, Recovering the Satellites (1996) can seem like an angrier record than its more sunny, sad and searching predecessor, August and Everything After (1993), although on reflection, this collection strikes a balance between the traditional style of the band's debut, and their new infatuation with bigger guitars. Catapult opens proceedings with an organ playing softly, but the guitar chords are unexpectedly harsh. Singer Adam Duritz's voice remains an eloquent focal point of the composition, but the poetry is weaker than before and at times the melody strains. The guitar solos are uncomfortable to listen to. Angels of the Silences has a punchier tempo and a fuller sound, aimed at attracting college-rock radio airplay, as befits the lead-in single. The guitar work is more tuneful and assured but still not top draw. The figurative lyrics have their moments but feel a little bit forced and scattershot. On the big single from the first record Duritz name checked Picasso. This time it's Michelangelo. Daylight Fading is another single and perhaps is the track that would have felt most at home on August and Everything After, although it's more countrified in terms of the melody and the harmonies aren't as good. The guitars are twangy and the Hammond organ is back. The lyrics are full of echoes and ghosts and feel like a spiritual heir to older songs. The line "All the anger and the eloquence are bleeding into fear" maybe captures accurately the transition in the band's sound on other parts of the record. The song has some good riffs. I'm Not Sleeping is a repulsive mess of a song with self-indulgent words and a melodramatic delivery. The song dissolves into a breathtakingly misguided burst of anger with an orchestra swelling pompously underneath the ugly guitar work. The quiet bits are pedestrian. Goodnight Elizabeth is a melancholy piano ballad with moonshine cracking through the fog of lost love. Lyrically assured the sound will appeal to fans of the band's original style although the track is less busy and the guitar solo feels a bit obvious. Duritz gets a bit hammy in places but anchors the song well enough. Children in Bloom has the potential to be a good song but feels like another misfire. The opening sounds like a reinterpretation of Round Here. The lyrics are a little lazy and the guitars and vocals a bit earnest. It has a nice chorus though. Overly long, there are a couple of chilled out instrumental interludes. It needs more rhythmic confidence. The ending goes all amateur-dramatics hour again and sounds a bit silly. Have You Seen Me Lately is a cracking song. The guitars and piano at last sound unified and the words are firing on all cylinders as Duritz reflects on no longer needing to yearn to be famous. The melody is strong and the band finally nails down another good rhythm. The guitar solo is even passable. You can detect the Van Morrison influence of the debut record updated with a grittier sound. Miller's Angels reaches for a wistful weight but comes up a bit short. It has its moments but the band have achieved this tone better elsewhere. The bluesy experiments in between the simple piano passages need to be more soulful. The track is overly long, but towards the end Duritz's voice creaks and cracks with considerable control. Another Horse Dreamer's Blues is an unusual song with an almost electronic jazz style about it provided by the keyboards. The strings are much more enjoyable on this track than they were when they appeared earlier on the record. For once Duritz conjures a narrative from which he himself is entirely absent, about a woman called Marjorie, apparently, although his language is familiar. The guitars have a 1970s feel about them. Recovering the Satellites is a powerful song that would have benefited from a richer, more coherent arrangement with even more warmth and space in it. The textures of the instruments at time feel like they need greater definition. The words are elliptical but are convincingly immediate and have a nice turn of phrase. It makes for a natural sequel to Round Here. Duritz has a momentum to the meaning of his voice that is not always present on other songs. The guitar work evokes a greater sense of mood than elsewhere. Monkey has a cheerful resignation about it and allows the beat to emerge more prominently than on most tracks. The guitars and keys compliment one another and the backing vocals fill out the arrangement. Duritz name checks Ben Folds and the guitar solo sounds like a Slash ballad. Mercury creates a nice framework with acoustic guitar and harmonica that sways like crossing a rickety rope bridge. The lyrics are a little wordy but capture some nice images and observations about the nature of unpredictable relationships. A Long December is probably the most well known track on this record, thanks to a music video featuring Courtney Cox, the actress who starred in Friends. Duritz also dated Cox's fellow cast member Jennifer Aniston for a time. Another elegiac piano ballad, the song wrestles with keeping a sense of self amidst a sea of changing places and people and the passage of time. Walkaways closes out the record with a minute long coda, featuring just the singer and a single acoustic guitar. It sounds like it would have made a better full-length song than a handful of the songs that preceded it. Recovering the Satellites is a solid sophomore effort but cannot capture the spirit of the recording which first brought Counting Crows to prominence three years earlier. Newcomers will be served best by listening to August and Everything After before they listen to this one. Indeed, fans of that record may prefer the big-hearted and intimate re-arrangements of Catapult, Angels of the Silences and Have You Seen Me Lately, which emerged later on the first disc of their double live album, Across A Wire - recorded a year after this release - by which time the band had unearthed significantly more charm in even their strongest offerings here.
Released October 1996 Label: Geffen Play Time: 59.22 Number Of Tracks: 14 Genre: Alt Rock The Band: Adam Duritz: Piano, Tambourine, Vocals Matt Malley: Bass Guitar, Vocals Ben Mize: Drums, Vocals David Bryson: Guitars, Tambourine, Vocals Dan Vikrey: Guitars, Vocals Charles Gillingham: Piano, Accordion, Harmonica, Vocals Produced By Gil Norton 'Recovering The Satellites' is the second studio album released by Counting Crows and follows the utter gem that was 'August And Everything After'. ' Recovering The Satellites' came three years after the release of their trail blazing debut and follows the same major themes of dreamers, lovers and losers. People say that this album does not live up to the high standards that were set by their debut album, but I believe that they have taken the focus of Adam Duritz's wonderful voice a little and placed it more on the music, which is a lot more experimental on this album. The album has a whole is also a lot more heavier and carries a harder edge and is rawer than the radio friendly ' August' which was very much a summer album. 'Recovering ' has a vast array of different tracks, which add to a perfect blend of high adrenalin rock tunes, and the occasional sombre and deep thought provoking ballads. The whole feel of the album is quite haunting and dark, this is indicated by the dark and dingy cover, and is not as accessible as their previous album. The album did not do that well over here due to a badly organised campaign and lack of publicity. It is only now that the Crows are starting to get the spotlight that they eserve over here with 'Hard Candy', there fourth studio album. The music is a mixture of classic rock and folk music, which makes for an interesting listen. The album is more piano based than 'August' but still contains the masterful and poetic lyrics o f Adam Duritz, that appeal to so many listeners. If you are unfamiliar with Duritz he simple has the best voice and can sing with so much emotion and just bring a track to life, and drive it home. When you combine this with the lyrics it really is just something to sit back and enjoy. The album includes the following tracks: 1: Catapult (3.34) 4/5 The track starts with a great organ line, which sets the scene nicely. Then kick in the electric guitars and Duritz' vocals which throughout the track sound strained, tell about rejection, loneliness and depression. With these themes the song has a very angry and bitter feel to it, which is emphasised by the lyrics and vocals. The music is also very hard with the electric guitar being constantly noticeable. 2: Angels Of The Silences (3.37) 4/5 This track indicates a different side to the Crows, which has not been shown before. It is all out frantic rock; the track has so much energy and a great pace throughout the song. The vocals of Duritz belt out a very catchy tune that will leave you very refreshed that's for sure. The song is about waiting for something to happen or someone to come along and save you. The track is full of great guitar solos, which make the track a great listen. 3: Daylight Fading (3.50) 4/5 This track brings down the tempo of the album and has very noticeable country/folk vibe. The vocals of Duritz also change for this track, they become more plain and droning. This works for the track tells us about time just passing you by and really wondering if you are going to accomplish anything worthwhile. As a result you question whether you have to move away and leave people behind in order to make something of your life. The track has a great beat and is very though provoking, with the occasional guitar solo also adding to the experience. The chorus is also very catchy and it is a real song that you can sing along to. 4: I'm Not Sleeping (4.57) 3/5 This song is a really edgy affair and sounds very frustrated throughout as if something is constantly building up. It captures the feelings and frustration of insomnia very well I think. The vocals sound very tired and at times aggressive as well and this adds to the feel of the track. The whole knowledge of being very snappy and on edge when you are tired is captured very well, when all of a sudden the tune kicks in with very harsh violins, like horror movies, and Duritz just starts almost screaming out the lyrics. A solid tune but nothing special. 5: Goodnight Elisabteh (5.20) 5/5 This is one of the highlights of the album. The beautiful and vulnerable vocals of Duritz are accompanied by some great acoustic guitar playing and just great music in general. The lyrics in this song are just sublime; they are so emotional and tender. Duritz sings about how everyone cannot be great and courageous, but you can still be very special to someone in your life and you must let them know this and love them every single day, because you don't know what might happen. The vocals on this track make it a stunner and you should really check it out. 6: Children In Bloom (5.23) 4/5 The song reverts back to electric guitar and has the same heavy edge that was present with the earlier tracks. The track again follows the theme of being lost and feeling insecure with who you are. This uncertainty is perfectly delivered with some sublime lyrics. The vocals of Duritz again add to the atmosphere and feel of the track. There is also some inspired solo guitar playing and some great riffs also peppered throughout the track. 7: Have You Seen Me Lately (4.11) 4/5 This song is just a great rock tune; the vocals of Duritz offer a vast array, from nearly screaming to the very deep and raw. The song has one of the catchiest chorus' on the album. It is a very lighthearted track that only has a simple message , and this is that he is only a star on the radio and that you don't really see him. Therefore in the big picture he not really that famous. The track is really up-tempo and will get you rocking away. The track again has some great guitars in it. 8: Miller's Angels (6.33) 5/5 This is one of the most moving songs on the album, if not of all time. The song puts the emphasis on the piano, which for me carries so much emotion and feels. The vocals are up there with the best that Duritz has produced; they are so tender and edgy. The track also has some of the most poetic lyrics ever, about religion, life and love and also spirits. A definite highlight of the album 9: Another Horsedreamners Blues (4.32) 5/5 This song again has a folksy side to it. The music is simply fantastic, as we have come to expect throughout the whole album. The vocals are again immense and so raw. The song tells of a gambling dreamer, who stands to lose everything and cannot see that he putting everything at risk, as he cannot admit to the problem. There is also some splendid electric piano in here, which adds to the depth of the song. The song capotes the emotion and anger that can be caused by addictions, and the hurt they cause within families. The vocals mirror these feeling superbly and again show the true class of Adam Duritz. 10: Recovering The Satellites (5.24) 4.5/5 The title track of the album is also another gem. It continues the theme of displacement, and the feeling of being lost within your own life. The track is a mid tempo affair with great drums and electric guitar. The lyrics are just so amazing and deep and are best of some of the best I ever heard. The feelings and times are again captured perfectly as Duritz plays his voice off against the tone of the music. The track also has a hint of dreaming of a better life, but not knowing how to get there. A great track with so many meanings. 11: Monkey (3.02) 5/5 <br><br> This is great piano based jumpy track, in the vein of Ben Fold's, he even mentions his name in the song. The song is very light hearted and is so addictive. The theme of the song is about being down for so long and then eventually finding someone, who is the light at the end of the tunnel for you. But you still wonder why they were not there for you sooner. Mid way thought the track there is a great guitar solo, watch out for it! The vocals of Duritz really shine on this track, just a great short tune. 12: Mercury (2.48) 3.5/5 This is a track in the country vein and is very similar to Sheryl Crow musically at the start. There is some mouth organ and tambourine present n the track. The song sings about the breakdown of a relationship and that you are being left. The lyrics are so deep; Duritz compares the girl to mercury. The vocals are again so plain and almost sound slurred at times, but it brings the tack to life. The song sounds like something from a cowboy film, which still works for me! 13: A Long December (4.57) 5/5 Best Song On Album This song is piano based and is really just the best song ever. This is the song that helped me discover Counting Crows. It was a 'Friends' special on VH1 and as Courtney Cox is in the video it was played, Adam has Courtney as well as Jennifer Anniston, how luck?!) The song is just the most emotional love ballad that I have ever heard. The lyrics are just so heartfelt and the vocals will blow you away. This is just about my favourite Crows song of all time. The lyrics over a great piece of storytelling and how you loved someone so much and are hanging onto those moments you spent with them. The piano is just the best ever and the lyrics will have you in tears, that is how emotional this song is. You will be singing along in no time as the words are easy to pick up, this adds to the experience of he song I feel. It ends with such I tender note as well as the music and vocals fade out. If you are looking to get into he Counting Crows Start here, you cannot help but fall in love with this track. 14: Walkaways (1.12) 5/5 The album which has been awe inspiring to date finishes with a great short piece with Duritz singing and simple acoustic guitars. The track is just pure raw simple genius and says that someday he will stay but not today a great way to leave a great album. The album is an absolute classic and remains a firm favourite in my ever-growing collection that is how highly I rate the CD. Counting crows are in my opinion one of the best bands of all time, and I am very suspired that they have not made it real big over here in the UK. Maybe that will change with the release of ' Hard Candy' their fourth studio album, which has just been released over hear. If you like Dave Matthews Band, Train, Fiver for Fighting or even Matchbox Twenty I think that you will enjoy their music. If you want to give it ago start, with 'A Long December' and work from there. If you are going to but an album I would suggest that you get 'August?' because as I mentioned previously it is more accessible and radio friendly. I can't wait for the Crows to tour UK, as I have got the live album and it is just unbelievable. They were at V2002 but I could not afford to go and am waiting for their full tour of the UK, whenever that will be. I will keep you posted!
Recovering the satellites is the second album from counting crows. Counting crows have a very unique style, you really cannot but your finger on it, its not quite country, but its not quite rock and its not quite punk. The best way to describe it is Beefed up classical rock, which you can listen to what ever mood that you may be in. The album its self is very good with some amazing guitaring and packed with lyrics which really do have a meaning and quite often make you think. The case for the album is a dark green with what looks like a shooting star which is hung up between to buildings and the counting crows logo printed on the top. The track names on the back of the album are very small and kind of hard to read, although you can read the track titles on the inlay. The inlay of the album is truly outstanding. It has all the lyrics etc printed on top of photos of the band. It looks really smart and is very easy to read. The originality of the lyrics are amazing. Each song has a meaning which is really good, compared to all this pop which is around at the moment in which the lyrics have very little meaning. Some of the lyrics in certain songs really are thought provoking and make you think. But one things for sure and that is that counting crows really do sit down and think about what they are going to sing. The guitaring is generally very basic and accompanies the singing quietly, but there are also some brilliant guitar solos and in certain parts the guitaring is very well played and it sounds amazing. The drums are very basic through nearly all the songs, they really just hold a steady beat all the way through, however in certain songs the drumming Is much more random. In the songs they also have other instruments featured. Such as piano and violin. The violins are quite good, although not used to there full potential, but they do add a nice touch. AS for the pianoeist, well its dam right amazing, it all fits in really nicely and it sounds really good. ~~~~~~~~~Tracks~~~~~~~~~~~ 1)Catapult: This song is a brilliant opening track for the album. It starts off with some kind of wind based instrument solo(although it could be done on a keyboard).The bass guitar then follows along with a nice steady drum beat. The drumming in this song is really quite basic, but it is tied in so well with the music that it sounds very good. The drum beat is a long steady prominent one all the way through the song. The guitaring at the beginning of the song is basic bass. The bass guitar is used a lot in this song and is very prominent, It often accompanies the singing and drumming without the use of any other guitar. The entire song really is bass guitar all the way through, although saying that there is a excellent (normal) guitar solo in the middle of the song. This lyrics in this song really are thought provoking. At the beginning of the song the lyrics are soft and quietly sung, however towards the end of the song the lyrics become more louder and more prominent. This song is sung in quite a whiny sad voice, however this does not make much difference to the overall quality of the song. The song seems to be about wanting to be with someone and wanting to do everything with them and for them. In general I would say that this song is a very basic one, but never the less it is still a very enjoyable one and a great way to start off the album. It puts you in the mood for the next song which is………. 2)Angels Of The Silences: Wow is the best way to describe this song. It is very well played punk music and it sounds incredible on any surround sound system.(The song is still very good on any other stereo but in surround sound it will blow you mind). The guitaring is totally amazing. It really does show how much potential the guitarists have. You know what punk guitaring sounds like, we all do, it s just really hard to describe. In the middle there is some really good guitaring which is only accompanied by the drums. This song really does demonstrate how good the guitarists are. The songs drumming is also amazing, the drums really are played very well and when it is mixed with the also superb guitaring you get a master piece. The song has no particular beat, just punk style improvisation. The drumming is truly amazing in this song. The lyrics are amazing, they really do have a meaning and make you think which is unusual in a song of this style. The bloke who is singing has a great accent which fits in really well with the song. I would go as far to say that these are the best lyrics that I have heard in a punk song. To sum it up I would say that this song is truly amazing and will be enjoyed by near enough everyone who listens to it, as it is so lively and fun. I reckon if they released this song into the charts it would do very well. A great song. 3)Daylight Fading This song has a very strange style, it is like country music, but with a more rocky chorus. The guitars are the first thing that you here at the beginning of the song. The guitar tempo frequently goes up and down. There is very little bass guitaring in this song, it makes no difference in the quality of the music it is just more high pitched. There is a amazing guitar solo in the middle of the song which sounds great. The drums hold a nice steady beat all the way through. In the chorus thought the drumming tempo does go up a little. The drumming fits in really well with the rest of the music. Because of the accent of the lead singer in this song, the lyrics sound quite high pitched and squeaky, although this does not really matter as the singing fits in really well with all the other instruments. The lyrics in this song are not really thought provoking, but never the less they still have a meaning. The song seems to be about going away and leaving a lot of people behind and surprise surprise its also about daylight fading! This song is a very unusual style, which is what makes the song so good. A very good song! 4)I’m not sleeping: Iam not to keen on this song myself, as in certain places it does seem to drag on a bit. The drums are quite good though……….. At the beginning the guitaring is quite loud, and during the chorus it retains the high volume. However during the singing the guitaring drops off to just a thew chords every now and again and it is barely noticeable. The drumming is very prominent all the way through. The beat drops to a slow and steady one during singing, but it soon becomes loud and obvious again in the chorus. Not a particularly interesting beat, it has to be said!. There is quite loud and prominent violining at the beginning of the song. But its soon drops off until the middle of the song where there are really quick continuous strokes. At the end of the song the violining picks up a tune again and finishes off the song. The violining is not particularly good in this song. This song is not bad, but it is not good. 5)Goodnight Elizabeth: This is quite a good song, which has some brilliant acoustic guitaring in it. The song has a brilliant opening solo on the electric guitar, which is soon followed with a acoustic guitar solo. The bass guitar accompanies the singing during the verses of the song and during the chorus the acoustic guitar accompanies the singing. At the end there is a section of brilliant electric guitaring. The drums follows a slow steady beat which speeds up slightly at the chorus. Nothing much to say about the drumming really! Until the end of the song the lyrics are sung in a nice slow and steady manor, at the end of the song they speed up a bit and are shouted rather than sung! The lyrics and singing style fit in quiet nicely with t he instruments and it sounds quite good. To tell you the truth I’m not really sure what the song is about, I can only state the obvious and that is that it is about saying goodbye to someone called Elizabeth! During the song there is also the odd bit of pianoeing, which is really quite basic and not that noticeable, but saying that it does add a nice touch. In the middle of the song there are also a thew strokes on the violin, but they might Aswell not be there! This song is quite good, although it is a bit repetitive in places. 6)Children In Bloom: Wow, this song is amazing. It contains amazing guitaring drumming and even more amazing lyrics and singing. Both the guitars start the song off with a great mix of bass and normal electric guitaring. The guitaring in this song is quite loud and in your face all the way through. The tune stays the same all the way through, although saying that at the end the tune completely changes for a great bit of solo guitaring. This song contains some of the most thought provoking and meaningful lyrics that I have ever heard in a song(yes they are very good). The lyrics are sung really well and they fit in really well with the other instruments. The lyrics are truly amazing! The drumming is also very good. It has a varying beat all the way through the song and it ties in really well with the other instruments. This song really does contain the most thought provoking and meaningful lyrics that I have heard in a song. The guitaring in the song is also outstanding along with the drumming! A great song. 7)Have You Seen Me Lately?: This is another very good song, not as good as children in bloom. But still very good. The song starts off with some amazing guitaring and the amazing guitaring continues all the way through the song. The song mixes the two different types of guitar very well. The song has some brilliant guitar solos. The lyr ics sound really good, they are very well thought out and they really do have a meaning. The big thing that lyrics down is that in some places they are way to loud and they block out the sound of the drums and the guitaring. The drumming (when you can hear it) is very good. I say "when you can hear it" because it is drowned out by the very loud vocals. It would be better if the drums were a bit more prominent. This song is a very good one, but still it is let down by the loudness of the lyrics 8)Millers Angels: This is a really nice slow and gentle song. This song is one of the few that have frequent pianoeing in them. The piano is very prominent at certain points in the song and it is played very well. There is very little guitaring in the song and it starts and stops frequently. Really there are just a few strokes on the guitar every now and again. When the guitars are played they accompany the piano quite well. In this song the drumming is quite prominent and it accompanies the piano very well. The drums hold the same steady beat all the way through. The lyrics sung in a really nice slow manor, which sounds very good. The lyrics seem to be sad and lonely and they seem to tell a story. The song has some really good pianoeing in and it is very nice to see a song which has very little guitaring. 9)Another Horse Dreamers Blues: This song has a brilliant style which I cannot really describe. It also has some brilliant lyrics! The lyrics in this song are very good and were obviously well thought out. The lyrics are sung in a slow steady manor, however towards the end of the song they do become a bit louder. There is some very good guitaring in this song. The guitaring is really quiet gentle, but it does get a bit louder towards the end or in the chorus. There is a little violining in this song, But it is very basic and to tell the truth I would not notice a difference if they were not there. Unless Iam trying to hear the drumming in this song I do not notice it, its definitely there, its just not loud enough. The song has some brilliant lyrics, but in general Iam not to keen on it. 10)Recovering The Satellite: This is the title track of the album, it has a slow steady beat. This song has some really good guitaring in it. At the beginning of the song it is quite soft and gentle but then it becomes louder and then quieter again and so on. At the begging of the song the drumming is not really noticeable, although at the end of the song the drumming becomes louder and more obvious. The lyrics I very well sang and you can tell that they have a meaning……….i just cannot figure out what the meaning is! But it still sounds very good. The song has some really good guitaring and lyrics in it, although I find it a bit boring in some places. Its in a good position in the album though. 11)Monkey: This is a brilliant song. All the instruments played in the song are very good. The guitaring is very good. Its basic. But it fits in really well. The guitaring is not continuos and it stops and starts frequently. The guitaring sounds very good. There is pianoeing in this song and it sounds very good and it is played very well. The piano is played all the way through the song the volume of it fades in and out but you ca always here it. It sounds really good. The drumming in the song sounds really good and it fits in really well, it is just not really that prominent. The song is a nice lively and short one. Its very good. 12)Mercury: Iam not really to keen on this song, as I think the tune is really dodgey and the lyrics are not the usual top notch style. To be quite frank I think that the lyrics are boring! There is a harmonica used as I form of backing music in t his song and it is really annoying because it is so squeaky! I cannot really say much about the guitaring as I cannot hear it over the harmonica. From what I can picky out the guitaring sounds very basic. The drumming in this song is very basic, like in most songs. But in ‘MOST’ songs the drumming ties in so well with the other instruments you do not really care, Not this song! I really do not like this song. It Is basic and boring. 13)Long December This song is a really good way to slow down the mood of the album before the last outro type song. The song starts off with some brilliant piano playing. Which is kept up all the way through the song and it sounds great. There is harmonica playing in this song and unlike the last song with a harmonica in it, it sounds quite good and it fits in really well with all the other instruments. There is some very good guitaring I this song. They normally hold a nice steady tune, but at certain points they burst out into really good solos. The lyrics in this song are great. They are very well thought out and they make you feel happy! The lyrics are sung in a really nice way. This is one of the best songs on the album and it puts you in the mood for the outro style song……… 14)Walkaways: This is a brilliant way to finish the album off. It is basically singing accompanied by acoustic guitar. The guitar is played really really well and it fits in really well with the singing. To tell you the truth I have no idea what the song is about, but it sounds great and is a brilliant way to finish the album! ~~~~~~~~~~ This album has a very long shelf time as it really is a timeless classic. I have had it for a couple of years now and I listen to it at least once a week. It really is a brilliant album! I would conclude that the album is really really good and will be enjoy ed by many people as the album has songs in it which everyone will like and now you can buy it dirt cheap when you buy it off he net, so you have no excuses for not buying it. Go get it now!
This C.D. was probably the best follow up that the crows could have done.It is a little harder and heavier than its predecessor,August and Everything After, but still all in all if you are a true Counting Crows fan you will surely love the change and the fresh sounds of the album.And even still, if you do not feel you could go for the difference there are beautiful melodic songs on it such as Goodnight Elizabeth, A Long December, and Miller's Angels that are reminiscent of their previous endeavor. Other tunes such as I'm Not Sleeping and my personal favorite the bluesy tune Mercury are a bit of a jump from the norm for them but the lyrics of Adam F. Duritz are still the same haunting renditions of his minds working ability to touch the listener. i was really pleased with this C.D. not truely becoming a real Counting Crows fan until i made this purchase.It showed me the diversity and talent of being able to pursue the change successfully. Something that alot of artists have not the talent to do.
This is a bit of a wierd Crows album because it is a bit heavier and rockier than their usual stuff. Its still a great album though. I don't like all the songs on here but the back half of the album is a bit more like their normal style. That is with plenty of guitar and fantastic lyrics. The songs are equally as emotive as any other Crows song if you can get through the rock influence thingy. My fav song on this album has to be 'Another Horsedreamers Tale' or something like that. It is a fantastic song about a girl with a s**t life. It seems to be about whats going on in her head. It's a nice perspective to write a song from because it's a bit different. Adam Duritz and the crew must have had some pretty crap experiences to get material for their albums but I'm not complaining. At least one song on any of the Crows albums will connect to some experience of the listener's. Thats why they are so good and thats why you should buy this album. It's not everyday somebody sings a song that actually has a meaning! Is it just me or is 'Walkaways' one of the best little tunes ever written?
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Angels Of The Silences
3 Daylight Fading
4 I'm Not Sleeping
5 Goodnight Elisabeth
6 Children In Bloom
7 Have You Seen Me Lately?
8 Miller's Angels
9 Another Horsedreamer's Blues
10 Recovering The Satellites
13 A Long December