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Hard Candy [Enhanced]

Counting Crows Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although the songs released on the radio waves were definitely worthy of topping charts, I found more enjoyment in those tracks which did not. What a great cd, I don't think I could ever get tired of track #10 which has sort of a James Taylor sound. The balance of mellow and upbeat songs is fantastic. All-around probably the best $12 spent on a cd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars what happened? June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I hate to give this album 3 measly stars but there's nothing I can do but be brutally honest. I just wonder what happened to the Crows I fell in love with. Their entire vibe changed with the release of this and has caused controversy amoung their fans.
True, many feel betrayed by the pop-ness of the songs but Adam Duritz's lyrics are still touching and wonderful. The music isn't as morose as it has been on previous albums but bands, like the people in them, change.
All I can say is that I was disappointed by this but it has it's good points. Don't start here, instead, build up to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A musical movement showing a diverse band May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best March 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Skeptical about a new album living up to the standards set by one of the premier song writing/performing bands I bought this CD out of loyalty. One of the truly rare albums that I enjoyed from the first time I listened to it and have yet to take it out of my CD player. I loved August and Everything After but feel that this album combines unique sounds with heartfelt lyrics in a breathtaking fashion. I would recommend Hard Candy to anyone who loves to sing in the car, shower, or in a crowd.
When training for the LA marathon in 2003 I used this single album to get me through it. In fact, during my four and a half hours I took to complete it I played the same album over four times. If you are reading this you have shown enough interest to buy it, you will be very pleased.
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4.0 out of 5 stars first time happy Feb. 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is really the first time that i have listend to the counting crows and i am so happy that i did because this album is so relaxing and it is a album that anybody will like.They have a great selection of lyrics and a great variation of music i.e some rock and some mellow stuff overall this is a great album and a great band and i am defently going to get more of their music
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Disagree, Mr. Mueller Feb. 6 2004
By svenden
Format:Audio CD
Hard Candy is, most certainly, NOT just another Counting Crows album. I think this album brings a new sound for the band. Regardless of whether you like it or not, I don't see how you can say it's more of the same-old same-old. In fact, I don't think you could say that about any of their albums.
The truth is, Hard Candy is a pop-ier album than its 3 predecessors. It's clear that Adam and the gang are trying to become more radio-friendly while still maintaining the quality of song and sound that makes them one of the best bands out there. And it works.
This is the best album the Crows have put out since their beloved debut, August and Everything After. I will agree with Mr. Mueller that the band now seems very comfortable and confident in their talents and abilities. This album is proof of that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What Happened? Feb. 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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