A huge fan of Counting Crows, it is hard for me to understand their sharp turn into the world of pop. August and Everything After begins defining the band with amazing lyrics and a beautiful, haunting piano accompanied by Adam Duritz's mournful and unforgettable voice.
In Hard Candy, they have proceeded to throw all of that out of the window.
The only song on the album which resembles their older music is Holiday in Spain, an extraordinarily likable track, even reminescent of the matchless Anna Begins.
The entire rest of the album seems cheap and poppy, and lacks the true depth that characterizes Duritz. While the lyrics on the album read very meaningfully, the typical poppy music in the background brings them lightly to the surface where they float without true meaning. Had it not been for Holiday in Spain, my album would be for sale used on this site right now.
I wish the friend who had given me this CD had been able to give me a Holiday in Spain single, and saved his money.