5.0 out of 5 stars
Give it a couple listens, Dec 22 2003
When I read reviews of this album I'm often dumbfounded by the lack of insight. Its not a pop album, though Counting Crows have often been mis-tabbed as a radio weighted, pop-indulging band. They're a song writing, and just as importantly, album-making band. This is one of the most complete albums I have ever heard. It doesn't flow seemlessly from song to song(a la "The Wall, Pink Floyd"), but it flows naturally, features some great instrumentation, and incorporates a beautiful emotional ebb and flow of a great story telling band. The orchestration of instruments form a perfect compliment to Adam Duritz' voice. The orchestration and deversity of music alone are a noteworthy achievement, yet the song writing is outstanding. The band spent months and months cramped up in a large rented house to fine tune each song on the album. Let me tell you, it shows.
Too many fans and music critics were looking for the radio songs that won Counting Crows acclaim on their first album. This album does not feature any songs that lend themselves well to radio play. However, each song is worth a thousand listen's, and are part of one of the better albums ever constructed. If you can diversify your taste to allow for Adam Duritz's whiney, and sometimes abrasive voice, you will be thoroughly intoxicated by the music featured on "Recovering the Satellites". Its truely one of the more unique and well-rounded albums in rock history. I believe too few have given it the chance it deserves. If you give it that chance I think you'd agree this album deserves to be compared with the great one's.