Sunday, March 23, 2008
Counting Crows - Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings
Pulling from a jagged, rougher rock sound and distinct country twang, Adam Duritz and his cohorts come screaming back with a record that includes tracks with a noticeable departure from the softer pop-rock of their previous sing-along hits ("Omaha" and "Mr. Jones"). This makes up the bulk of the album, well, the first half at least. I had to listen to "1492" twice to try and find the conventional Crows that everyone knows, but I was impressed with the departure they made from their musical norms. "Washington Square" signals the turn in the album that heads back to familiar territory of ballads and pop. The difference between the two-halves almost forced this departure from rock to be this transparent, as trying to transition a blend of those tracks would be a guaranteed clash between the hard and soft. The album does a good job showcasing the Crows' sound, and highlighting their expanded musical talents. Give it a few listens, and I'm sure you'll be just as impressed with their advancement over the last few efforts. Standout Tracks: "Washington Square," "Los Angeles," and "Cowboys"