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Hard Candy Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (July 9 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000068PBZ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 242 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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At this point I am beginning to wonder what reason / s there are for me loving EVERY SINGLE Disc that this band has produced, STUDIO CD's that is. Maybe its the unlimited Energy which they seem to have, 2) Maybe its the fantastic Song writing that they seem to have, for whoever is writing for the band or adapting other peoples music for them for that matter does such a great job...Then there is the WAY THE VARIOUS MEMBERS COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER. By this I do not mean that they are polite to each other, I mean that the various members work well together, another band that does this very well and use instruments which would not seemingly produce great rock sounds ...Instruments such as Banjo's, Trombones, Violin's, Drums, Guitars, Brass of all types etc. I think you get the idea now, the band is THE DAVE MATHEWS BAND, They are fantastic using these types of instruments. Counting Crows are more conventional in their choice of Instruments. If you have never heard them I strongly suggest that you get onto YouTube and dial them in because you are seriously missing something. As for Hard Candy, this is a seriously Hard Rock CD and has some wonderful cuts on it. The Title Track HARD CANDY is absolutely fantastic, as is Good Time, Goodnight L.A is a little slower however still has that heavy vibe to it. So in Short a Worthy Disc ( 5 stars worthy in fact )...Spigomars
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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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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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I am that guy who originally bought August because Mr. Jones was on it. Then I bought Satellites because they had a song called Monkey...and that is a funny word. But something happened...I really fell in love with both of those albums. After Across a Wire there was no turning back. There was nothing this band did that I didn't like. My favorite is still August, but there is not a release yet that I don't love. Take Desert, for example...how can you not love Mrs. Potter?? I bought Hard Candy over a year ago and it has not left my CD changer in my car...not once in a year.
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!
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