- Audio CD (Oct. 16 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD, Audiobook
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B000000OVA
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Recovering the Satellites CD, Audiobook
From 1996, their second album. Fts 'Daylight Fading'.
Recovering the Satellites may not be quite the tower of song that the Crows' debut August and Everything After was, but it could hardly be called a sophomore slump. Vocalist Adam Duritz and crew mine similar territory on the more densely produced Satellites, couching tales of dreamers, lovers, and losers in music that's part classic rock redux and part heartfelt folk jangle. As able as the band is though, it remains Duritz's show, and his plaintive voice and serpentine lyrics are what drive this record home, particularly on "Daylight Fading", "Miller's Angels" and the aching hit "A Long December." --Michael Ruby
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Fire Adam Duritz.
I can never listen to Recovering the Satellites all of the way through simply because Duritz has taken a group of good musicians and ruined their potential. Every lyric he writes seems to be a woe-is-me dive into extreme self pity, and it certainly doesn't help that each word he sings is performed in a whiny moan.
A Long December is a good title for a song, but that's all you'll find here. Duritz's lame attempts for metaphors (the references to oysters with no pearls) do nothing but remind you that the lyrics you are listening to are the equivalent of a seventh grade creative writing essay. The chorus boasts a profound rendition of "Na na na na na, yeah!" Oh, please. In Daylight Fading, he sings "Dayling fading/come and waste another year/all the anger and the eloquence are bleeding into fear." What does that even mean?
What a pity. Recovering the Satellites is musically strong. But with a guy like Duritz at the helm, the Counting Crows stay in first gear the whole way.
The songs are strong on melody and emotional power. There are adult alternative rock/pop songs ("Daylight Fading," "Monkey"), hard-driving rockers ("Angels Of The Silences," "Have You Seen Me Lately"), lounge/bluesy/jazz-rock ("Another Horsedreamer's Blues"), folk/country-rock ("Mercury"), slow & melancholy tracks ("Children In Bloom," "Walkaways") and evocative, dreamy mid-tempo rock ("Catapult," "I'm Not Sleeping.")
A great listen if you're in a mellow, wistful, sad or reflective mood.
When I first got this album, I was disappointed too. It's not August and Everything After. Since that was the CD that made me fall in love with them, I was upset. But the more I listened, the more it grew on me. In the beginning, all I heard was Adam saying that he couldn't handle being famous. But when you read a little deeper into the lyrics, you can relate it to your life as well. The whole album is about wishing people would look past the first thing they see and find out who you really are underneath.
This album is full of all the great, powerful prose and soul-searching melodies that made August great, it's just not the same thing. If you're looking for the light and airy Adam from August, then get This Desert Life. It has a lot of the same feeling as August. But if you're looking to get a little deeper into the mind of a genius, this is definitely the album to check out.
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