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Crows Soar Again With This Desert Life
By MARC WEINROTH Douglas High and By LAURIE MASCIA Douglas High and By RACHEL PHILLIPS Western High, October 29, 1999
COUNTING CROWS: This Desert Life (Geffen/Interscope Records) After taking two full years in a house on a hill somewhere in California to concoct This Desert Life, Counting Crows better have more than just an average album to justify the obscenely long layover. They do. The Bay area sextet reinvents itself with an hour of sonic originality and deep introspection -- not that the group's prior two recordings lacked those characteristics. We've come to expect solid lyrics from lead singer Adam Duritz, who singlehandedly captured 7 million listeners with 1993's poetic, emotion-charged August and Everything After.
Live Crows Shows Band At Its Very Best
By MARC WEINROTH and Douglas High, December 4, 1998
COUNTING CROWS: Across a Wire: Live in New York City (Geffen Records) After the release of the six-times platinum 1993 debut August and Everything After, critics hailed Counting Crows as one of the decade's brightest new stars. Radio stations overplayed the megahit single Mr. Jones, and fans embraced the band's earnest songwriting and soothing vocals of lead singer Adam Duritz. Then, it all changed. Their brilliant sophomore album Recovering the Satellites went relatively unnoticed, excused by some critics as a whiny, mediocre effort, and misinterpreting lyrics such as "leave leave leave leave me alone" in the ballad Miller's Angels as Duritz's inability to deal with fame.
Crows Soar For Their Fans
By JEANINE FAINE and LINDSAY COHEN - Nova High School, February 21, 1997
Counting Crows concert at Sunrise Musical Theatre "We all want to be big stars," was lead singer Adam Duritz's lament in the Counting Crows' 1994 smash hit Mr. Jones. No one would deny that the band has achieved this sought-after stardom, easily proven by the sold-out crowd at the recent concert at Sunrise Musical Theater. The show, the Crows' only stop in South Florida, was part of the band's highly anticipated first-ever nationwide tour. "I'm not ready for this sort of thing," Duritz sang in Anna Begins from the band's first album, August and Everything After.
Crows Count To Two - Successfully
By MARISSA H. COHEN - Nova High School and By JASON VENTURE - Coral Springs High, January 10, 1997
COUNTING CROWS: Recovering the Satellites (Geffen) Once upon a time there was an alternative band called Counting Crows. Its first album, August and Everything After, quickly became a hit with its no-nonsense emotional poignancy and classic guitar style. The effort spawned a major hit (Mr. Jones) and a nationwide following. Devoted fans eagerly awaited a follow-up album. And waited ... and waited ... Until one happy day, three years later, when Recovering the Satellites was released.
Direction Of Music?
By JOHN DOLEN Entertainment Editor, May 9, 1994
Fortunate they were, those who had tickets to Counting Crows on Saturday night at Fort Lauderdale's Edge. It's not often that a dazzling, chart-topping band plays a 1,500-capacity venue "round here." With his chopped dreads, cutoffs, high-top boots and his energy, lead singer Adam Duritz was a man of the grunge generation, which dominated the crowd Saturday. But with his sage, melodic lyrics of love and loneliness, of beautifully etched scenes and dreams, he was the gifted singer-songwriter, evoking greats like Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.
Anatomy Of A Hit -- Luck, Timing And Talent
By JOEL SELVIN San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 1994
Standing in the spotlight, I bought myself a gray guitar/When everybody loves me, I will never be lonely _ from Mr. Jones, by Counting Crows The rise of Counting Crows started with a demo tape - a tape so good it made jaded professionals stop cold. Counting Crows vocalist Adam Duritz felt nervous. The reviewer from Rolling Stone was coming to the Detroit show on the night before Thanksgiving. The new band was headlining a concert of its own, the weather was rainy and cold and the 29-year-old vocalist worried whether the Crows would draw many people so far from its San Francisco Bay Area home.