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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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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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Counting Crows ~ Hard Candy

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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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars This CD made me want to cry . . . Jan. 13 2004
By Nate
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars This Hard Candy Won't Give You Cavities Nov. 13 2003
By Miss P
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard "American Girls" on the radio, I was hesistant about buying this album. Even though I've grown to really like that particular song, I'm glad I didn't trust my initial instinct. That song in no way, shape or form sets the mood for the rest of the cd.
Adam Duritz has always excelled at writing ballads but he might have outdone himself this time. With the exception of maybe "Richard Manuel," the standouts on "Hard Candy" are the more introspective songs: "Black and Blue" and "Carraige" are hauntingly brilliant and "Holiday in Spain" sums up a familiar melancholy that comes with staying too long in one place. All three songs are damn near perfect.
As for the rest of the album, other highlights include the previously mentioned "Richard Manuel is Dead," as well as "Up All Night" and "Why Should You Come When I Call" to satisfy your late night pop fix. Lowlights include the forgettable and somewhat out of place "New Frontier" and the dreadful cover version of "Big Yellow Taxi" (And a big yellow taxi took my GIRL AWAY?).
2 stinkers out of 14 isn't bad, however, and the other tracks more than compensate. This hard candy won't give you cavities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Although the songs released on the radio waves were definitely worthy of topping charts, I found more enjoyment in those tracks which did not. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Cassandre
3.0 out of 5 stars what happened?
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. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by char1077
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
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. Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Lewis Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars first time happy
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by gavin strudwick
5.0 out of 5 stars I Disagree, Mr. Mueller
Hard Candy is, most certainly, NOT just another Counting Crows album. I think this album brings a new sound for the band. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by svenden
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality music too good for radio
If you like especially Hothouse Flowers and Cracker, but also Jayhawks and Marc Cohn this album is definitely for you. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by L. B. Ivarsson
5.0 out of 5 stars They did it again!
I bought this CD in Venice last summer and it hasn't ventured a foot from my cd player since; it is an absolutely steller effort and may be my favorite album ever. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by Bryant T. Conger
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to Hard Candy
I love this CD!! I can listen to the whole cd without skipping tracks, which is why I gave it 5 stars. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003 by Steph
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointing compared to past records
This album is very dissapointing. It does not live up to the band's past albums that are wonderful. The songs are repetitive and you feel like you've heard them all before. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by Musicfan523
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