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2002 return to form with musical thrills and evocative lyrics. Guest appearances spice things up from Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams and Matthew Sweet. This special edition includes 2 bonus tracks '4 White Stallions' and 'You Ain't Going Nowhere' not found on the US version.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
I am not a huge fan of the Joni Mitchell cover, but I do not think they are lame for doing it. I am sure there are many who do like it. I am one person. I hear some Influences from XTC and REO Speedwagon, of all bands, on this album. Late 70's REO Speedwagon, mind you...nothing to be ashamed of. Yeah, maybe I am nuts.
I am a fan till the end. Something about this band that grabs me...can't quite figure it out. Oh, now I remember. They are a great band!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on July 8 2004 by Cassandre
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 morePublished on June 21 2004 by char1077
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 morePublished on March 11 2004 by Lewis Wright
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 morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by gavin strudwick
Hard Candy is, most certainly, NOT just another Counting Crows album. I think this album brings a new sound for the band. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by svenden
A huge fan of Counting Crows, it is hard for me to understand their sharp turn into the world of pop. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by TH
If you like especially Hothouse Flowers and Cracker, but also Jayhawks and Marc Cohn this album is definitely for you. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by L. B. Ivarsson
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,... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Nate
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Bryant T. Conger