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Hard Candy Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (July 9 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000068PBZ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 242 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hard Candy
2. American Girls
3. Good Time
4. If I Could Give All My Love -Or- Richard Manuel Is Dead
5. Goodnight L.A.
6. Butterfly In Reverse
7. Miami
8. New Frontier
9. Carriage
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

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Hard Candy is, most certainly, just another Counting Crows album. But it's difficult to imagine that there's ever going to be too many. For a band that formed during the grunge-dominated early 1990s, Counting Crows did something remarkably brave--though they helped themselves to the same legacy of 1970s and '80s FM radio rock as the Seattle groups, they chose not to subvert it with any punk influences. Counting Crows were determined to play Steve Miller and Tom Petty and Bruce Hornsby at their own game, and Hard Candy is the fourth astonishing album that has resulted. Counting Crows have now settled into a template with which they clearly feel comfortable--simple but elaborately orchestrated songs, buffed and polished to a high sheen, which serve as a glittering backdrop to Adam Duritz's lyrics. These, now as ever, are chiefly concerned with excitingly unattainable women and the roads he travels to get to or away from them. He tantalizes, as he often does, with specific names and places, but is never so solipsistic that the songs are robbed of a universal appeal. --Andrew Mueller

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At this point I am beginning to wonder what reason / s there are for me loving EVERY SINGLE Disc that this band has produced, STUDIO CD's that is. Maybe its the unlimited Energy which they seem to have, 2) Maybe its the fantastic Song writing that they seem to have, for whoever is writing for the band or adapting other peoples music for them for that matter does such a great job...Then there is the WAY THE VARIOUS MEMBERS COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER. By this I do not mean that they are polite to each other, I mean that the various members work well together, another band that does this very well and use instruments which would not seemingly produce great rock sounds ...Instruments such as Banjo's, Trombones, Violin's, Drums, Guitars, Brass of all types etc. I think you get the idea now, the band is THE DAVE MATHEWS BAND, They are fantastic using these types of instruments. Counting Crows are more conventional in their choice of Instruments. If you have never heard them I strongly suggest that you get onto YouTube and dial them in because you are seriously missing something. As for Hard Candy, this is a seriously Hard Rock CD and has some wonderful cuts on it. The Title Track HARD CANDY is absolutely fantastic, as is Good Time, Goodnight L.A is a little slower however still has that heavy vibe to it. So in Short a Worthy Disc ( 5 stars worthy in fact )...Spigomars
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I've been a fan of Counting Crows ever since August and Everything after was released in 1990, and since then I've never looked back.
Through their times, I've seen them change their spectrum from album to album (AAEA - A rawer, fresh sounds, Recovering the Satellites - A more rock influenced album, This Desert Life - A more surreal music experience.) With this they change again.
They have moved into a mixture of pop-rock, but unlike the normal drivel heard on the radio, undercutting this album are beautiful lyrics and haunting melodies.
1) Hard Candy - 5*
A smooth, catchy song. Upbeat with excellent lyrics and beautiful lyrics. An very impressive start to the album
2) American Girls - 4*
Slightly too pop influenced for me, nevertheless a stirling effort in a track which will have great radio appeal and shall appeal to a wide audience. Predominantely guitar influenced, it's a track that will keep your toes tapping for hours
3) Good Time - 4*
A melancholy, effects driven song remeniscent of their old relaxing music from AAEA ('Perfect Blue Buildings', 'Time and time again'), this track is a really beautiful, mellow journey through the life of a couple on the edge
4) Richard Manual is Dead - 5*
A catchy guitar riff, nice backing music and great vocal ability, this track is one which you can't get out of your head no matter how hard you may try!
5)Goodnight LA - 5*
An atmospheric, relaxing piece which shows the maturity of the band. Catchy and brilliant
6) Butterfly in Reverse - 3*
A song co-writen with Ryan Adams, and one of the weaker ones on the album. Despite the happy-go-lucky, abstract lyrics, the song itself falls a little short.
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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.
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because it is that bad. The Counting Crows used to be my favorite band, with the 3 most amazing albums I have ever heard: August and Everything After, Recovering the Satelites, and This Desert Life. Counting Crows had a unique sound, with such pure emotions, beautiful and meaningful lyrics, and great musicianship. And then this album came out, Hard Candy, I figured at first I would have to listen to it a lot maybe to like it, but the more I listened the more I wanted to vomit.
How could Adam do this to me? It pains me to hear this garbage. To me the most amazing band of all time, even seeing them live twice was incredible, during their tour for Recovering the Satelites and then again for This Desert Life. But, Hard Candy is just a piece of mainstream rubish, the lyrics are a joke, their talent unrepresented. Please, Please do not waste your money on this album, go buy some Beck or Coldplay and forget about Counting Crows, if you are a true fan. This album will make you cry. And for anyone who disagrees, chances are you had never heard of this band until you heard "American Girls" or the cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" on the radio.
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