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Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings

Counting Crows Audio CD
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1. 1942
2. Hanging Tree
3. Los Angeles
4. Sundays
5. Insignificant
6. Cowboys
7. Washington Square
8. On Almost Any Sunday Morning
9. When I Dream Of Michelangelo
10. Anyone But You
11. You Can't Count On Me
12. Le Ballet D'or
13. On A Tuesday In Amsterdam Long Ago
14. Come Around

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2008 album from Adam Duritz and the boys, an album that embraces the menacing vibes of Saturday Night and the more contemplative moments of a Sunday morning. Saturday Nights, the album's angry, electric, dissolute opening salvo was produced by Gil Norton (The Pixies, Foo Fighters), a longtime friend and associate of the band who previously produced their second album Recovering The Satellites. Sunday Mornings, the more acoustic and Folk-influenced side of the album was produced by Brian Deck whose past credits include Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine. Features the single 'You Can't Count On Me'.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Form for Counting Crows March 28 2008
Format:Audio CD
I think there are two basic type of Counting Crows fans - those who like the early rootsy and rock stuff (the first two albums) and those who like the pop music they've been making lately. I fall strongly into the first category. I don't really have any use for their version of Big Yellow Taxi or Accidentally in Love (from the Shrek 2 soundtrack). I even thought that Hard Candy was a bit too slickly produced.
So, for me, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings is a return to form for Counting Crows. This is the best stuff they've done in over ten years. There is rock on this album, and there also is roots - but the cheesy pop is absent, and I'm glad.
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147 of 162 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Counting Crows Are Back, and What a Return! March 27 2008
By Brian Hartman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Counting Crows were somewhat written off after 2002's Hard Candy. Adam Duritz and the rest of the band, in that CD, put out a self-consciously pop CD, without a lot of meat on it. Then you had the infamous Coke commercial, and Shrek 2, which earned them an Oscar nomination but no accolades for credibility.

Well, on Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, Counting Crows proves that they're not out of ideas, and haven't lost their drive. This is a fantastic CD that basically melds the folk sounds of August and Everything After with the harder edge and pathos of Recovering the Satellites.

If you're reading this review, you probably know by now the basic concept of the album: It's divided into a Saturday Nights portion and a Sunday Mornings portion. Saturday nights is when you sin, loudly and angrily. This "side" contains mostly electric guitar anger and bitterness, as the protagonist (i.e., Adam Duritz) slides deeper and deeper into depression and loss of self. The Sunday Mornings "side" contains songs of recovery, of trying to put your life back together. (The emphasis is on *trying*. Only in the final song, "Come Around", is there any kind of faint glimmer of hope on this CD.)

Here's how the songs pan out:

Saturday Nights:

1) 1492 -- This is a song about losing yourself in the party scene. It's about the meaninglessness of casual (if not anonymous) sex with Italian models and careening through the underbelly of night life like a drunken Arthur Rimbaud. And it's about all the "people who impersonate our friends" you meet along the way. You can download this as part of a "digital 45" from their site, so I won't bother describing it for you. 7/10.

2) Hanging Tree -- This is one of the best songs on the CD. It's basically about not being able to connect with anyone: "You open windows, and you wait for someone warm to come inside, and then you freeze to death alone." This is really a guitar-driven tour de force. 9/10

3) Los Angeles -- On this one, Counting Crows basically channel the Rolling Stones. Here, Adam gets a little self-indulgent, with lyrics like,

If you see that movie star and me
If you should see my picture in a magazine
Or if you fall asleep while you're watching TV
Well, honey, I'm just trying to make some sense
Out of me.

It sounds like a song designed to say, "Hey, I'm just trying to enjoy myself here. Cut me some slack." Like I said, a little self indulgent. 6/10

4) Sundays -- This one was a surprise. After 3 hard-driving songs, this one is more laid back. It's got nice music, but I don't really understand it, other than he's expressing a lack of faith. 6/10

5) Insignificant -- Here, it's all about a search for meaning. The protagonist (this time not explicitly Adam) stands on the ledge of a building, looking out over the crowd, believing he can fly -- *needing* to believe he can fly, to find some significance in his life. It's really a different way of expressing "Mr. Jones": He wants to be seen, to be noticed, and to mean something in the world. He also wants to be special, without feeling "different" because he's in some celebrity bubble. Great music, decent concept. 8/10

6) Cowboys -- Here, the protagonist is so desperate to be feel something, to mean something in the world, that he becomes a serial killer. The climax of the song is, "Oh, I will MAKE you look at me!". If it wasn't over 5 minutes long, this would be the perfect single. It's hard driving, wonderful, twisted lyrics (the protagonist is a paranoid schizophrenic), and every part of the music builds to the devastating, crumbling climax. 9/10

Sunday Mornings

7) Washington Square -- This is a song about picking yourself up and getting yourself together to go out and live your life again. Quiet, introspective music, and Adam is at his pensive best here. 9/10.

8) On Almost Any Sunday Morning -- Here, the protagonist has taken the wrong woman home, just because he doesn't want to be alone. But he wakes up, and he's alone anyway. He also talks about taking lithium here (to control his depression, apparently). By the end of the song, he vows to find someone real to be with, and not to settle for the one-night stands:

"You dig yourself a dream
That we won't be coming home alone
Not this time..."

This is really a brilliant song. It's the one that reminds me most of the sound of August and Everything After (and even more specifically "Round Here"). 10/10

9) When I Dream of Michaelangelo -- If you've ever wondered what the line "I dream of Michaelangelo when I'm lying in my bed", from "Angels of the Silences" means, this is the song for you. This song has been puttering around in Adam Duritz's head since at least Recovering the Satellites. It's a beautiful ballad about being so close to someone, yet never being able to touch who they really are. "Well I know, she is not my friend, 'cause there she goes, walking on my skin again and again". 8/10

10) Anyone But You -- The best way to describe this song is, the protagonist is in a relationship, and he can't handle it. His eye is on the door. He's not together enough for a relationship.

"I'm almost ready.
Yeah, it's almost true.
For almost anyone but you."

It's got a real 70's feel to it. Not my favorite song, but not unpleasant. 6/10.

11) You Can't Count On Me -- Adam has said he's got 4 albums describing why women should stay as far away from him as possible. This song basically sums it up. He's not Mr. Reliable. Again, not my favorite, but serviceable. 7/10

12) Le Ballet D'Or -- Think of this one as philosophically akin to Eagles' "Wasted Time". The protagonist is tired of being mired in self-loathing and self-pity, and wants to get out and live: "So come on now, let's go dance to the siren's song...". It marks a turning point in the CD, because it's the point where the protagonist realizes, finally, that although he's screwed up his life with the wrong turns he took, that he still has a life to live. A very beautiful, lilting song. 9/10.

13) On A Tuesday In Amsterdam Long Ago -- The protagonist remembers an old love, and laments her. It's the closest they've come to "Raining in Baltimore" for quite some time. I'm not a fan of "Raining in Baltimore", though. The song is too long and repetitious. (For fun, count how many times he says, "Come back to me..."). 2/10

14) Come Around -- This is, by far, the most hopeful song on the CD, and my favorite. By this time, the protagonist's fog has cleared. Things aren't great, but he sees the hope in life. His girlfriend just dumped him, but that's okay. The song ends:

"And one of the million lies she said
Is 'All of the things you loved are dead.',
But I've seen what she thinks is love
And it leaves me laughing
So we'll (meaning the band, I guess) still come around."

Overall, this is their best work since Recovering the Satellites, by a wide margin. If you lost faith after Hard Candy, give this a try. it won't disappoint you!
38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff March 25 2008
By evanjamesroskos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've had a soft spot for Counting Crows, despite being a music snob (according to my wife, anyway). There's just something perfectly enjoyable about the music and lyrics. I've always felt Duritz was a great lyricist, even though he seems to come across as self-obsessed (his songs never seem to embody characters and so many of them are are about "looking at me" that it's hard to see any identities in the songs); his biggest weakness as a writer/singer is his proclivity to repeat certain phrases too many times. "American Girls" suffers from this a lot; on this album "Hanging Tree" has some annoying repetition. But his use of place and strange strings of imagery are always satisfying.

I've always held their first two albums as my favorites (both have different strengths). Saturday Nights... is quite strong, though it's not necessarily anything new or exciting. I think 1492, Insignificant, and Cowboys would make it onto any Crows mix I make from now on. "When I Dream of Michaelangelo" is a great call back to "Angels of the Silences" on album 2. "Sundays" moves from chipper to a more emotional chorus. And the band doesn't lose a chance to rock out when necessary.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things come to those who wait... March 26 2008
By Wendy A. Tedesco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
We've waited 15 years for this! Finally, an album that has more of an "August and Everything After" feel! That is that Counting Crows freshman release that we all fell in love with. For Gen Xer's like myself, AAEA was a soundtrack to our awkward transitional years and will always hold a special place in our music loving hearts!

This album will replace "Recovering the Satellites" for those of you who ranked it as second best in your CC collection!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable Old Friend April 21 2008
By R. Mobley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I own just about everything they have recorded. This effort reflects a band that knows its strengths and sticks with them. Nothing new here, in fact for those familiar with Counting Crows, you will notice several instances of lyrics recycled from earlier efforts sprinkled throughout. It makes you want to go back and listen to August and Everything After or Recovering the Satellites and hear songs that were truly fresh. Oh well, there are worse things than ripping yourself off!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good! April 6 2008
By W. STEVENS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let me start off by saying I am not a BIG Counting Crows fan. Don't get me wrong, I loved their debut album "August & Everything After", (a masterpiece) but everything since than has been a drop in notch. And without great songs and music, lead singer Adam Duritz's voice just gets boring album after album. But finally, with "Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings", the band has hit a more unique hard rockin and bluesy style and better yet, the songs are VERY good. Not just lyrics which have always been profound and dark, but the music and the instrumentation is fantastic! Every song is catchy! Adam's voice is being put to VERY good use here, this is material aorthy of the artist and the band. The experimentation done on this album was a big winner! I know some people liked the album "Recovering the Satellites", which certaintly had some good songs, but for me the album was uneven. So I'll go out on a limb and say the new CD is the best releases since "August And Everything After". That's because every song is good, it's good all the way through. The style is catchy, after several listens, I still like the sound of it! I see it started off number three on the billboard charts, I hope that a lot of people will appreciate Counting Crows return to form. This album should be a comeback for the band!
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