80. Counting Crows – Hard Candy (2002)
1. Hard Candy
2. American Girls
3. Good Time
4. If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)
5. Goodnight L.A.
6. Butterfly in Reverse
8. New Frontier
10. Black and Blue
11. Why Should You Come When I Call?
12. Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood)
13. Holiday in Spain
14. Big Yellow Taxi
Who is/are Counting Crows?
According to the verified Twitter page (@CountingCrows); “Letters from Adam: My Boyhood Among the Outlaws”.
Why did you buy this album?
I can’t remember. I may have had an HMV voucher burning a hole in my wallet…
What’s it like?
I think it’s safe to say that Counting Crows have never reached the heights of their debut album ‘August and Everything After‘. Released nearly a decade later, this album is essentially more of the same, but much less engaging.
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
I barely notice this album now. I’ve heard it a few times for this write-up, and I still struggle to remember anything about it, so I wrote down my immediate thoughts after finishing a listen through and going through the next;
“What have they done to ‘Big Yellow Taxi‘? Thank goodness it’s not the version with Vanessa Carlton on.”
“Right, the album’s starting again. This opening track’s okay.”
“Sheryl Crow’s on this one*. Takes a while to get going though.”
“How did we get to track 6? I don’t remember 3, 4, and 5, but I’ve surely just heard them?”
“Is that it? Have I just listened to the whole album again without noticing?”
“‘Big Yellow Taxi‘! No! No! Bad, Counting Crows, bad! Leave Joni alone!”
Any stand-out tracks?
Well, hidden track ‘Big Yellow Taxi‘ certainly stood out, though not for any good reason…
‘American Girls‘ is better than expected, but is over just as it starts getting really good.
Rating out of 10?
Next up: The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
*’American Girls‘. Far better than it has any right to be.