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Saturday Nights & Sunday.

Counting Crows Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0014BKGPI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Counting Crows' fifth studio album in 13 years will cause a big sigh of relief from fans around the world. Five years on from their last studio album, Hard Candy, and two from a live album of the tour that supported it, the band's delayed album of hellish and heavenly pleasures is finally released. Saturday Nights... was put back by the wise re-release of the deluxe edition of their classic - August And Everything After. This savvy move has reminded us why the band were so huge in the first place. But one listen to this album shows you, once again, how damned efficient they are at summoning up the spirit of an age that cared more about music than image.

The album is constructed in two halves. The first (Saturday Nights) being filled with the rocking, loud and debauched 'sinning' songs; the second (Sunday Morning) being the quiet acoustic atonement and redemption. It's an interesting idea that almost holds together.

The album rips right into 1492, with its tales of seedy Italian nightclubs. The band used to be compared to the freewheeling poetic rock soul of Van Morrison, but these days the touchstones seem to be early '70s Stones and late Beatles with even a hint of the latino-inflected soundscapes of the West Coast (especially Sundays). Cowboys, with its strident keyboards even has a hint of Springsteen. Adam Duritz's warbling voice makes you believe that he's drowning in a pit of self doubt and the band sound genuinely enlivened, with all three (yes, three) guitarists pulling out all the stops.

The second half is less consistent. While Washington Square and Anyone But You are filled, again, with those beautiful hints of lazy Californian vistas, too often the band rely on a standard chorus-repetition-until-it-seems-to-be-meaningful-approach. Duritz emotes angst and worry, but too often the predictable arrangements stymie the sense of resolution that this suite of songs is meant to imply.

In the end it's a concept that has obviously fired the band's creative spark again. We may not all relate to the self-destructive urge that pushes Duritz's muse to the edge, but as a straight-ahead rock album it's still got a lot to offer. To a UK audience, for whom even the mainstream includes the Arctic Monkeys and their ilk, this may seem a little too steeped in a '70s FM vibe, but on their own terms it's mostly a firm return to form. --Chris Jones

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not feeling it.... 29 Mar 2008
By JDO
Format:Audio CD
For starters, I think Counting Crows are one of the most underated bands of the last fifteen years. Their first two albums- 'August and everything after' and 'Recovering the Satellites'- are masterpieces. The sheer excellence of these first two records has made every following CC release struggle to live up to expectations. 'This Desert Life'(1999) and 'Hard Candy' (2002) are both great records. It's just that they are not as great as the first two.

So, 'Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings' has a lot to live up to. This is especially the case given that it is their first new album in almost six years. Things start well with '1492' and 'Hanging Tree' both of which are from the rockier end of the CC spectrum. However, by the time you get to 'Los Angeles' a nagging thought starts to rear its ugly head- the Counting Crows have done all of this before. As Duritz sings the chorus of "If you see that movie star and me" you start to get the feeling you have heard it all before. Things pick up again however with the rather excellent 'Cowboys' before the second, quieter half of the album gets going...

... and that's where the feelings of deja vu starts to come in spades. At times it almost seems as though Duritz is just going through the motions. He is trying to sound forlorn for the sake of sounding forlorn. The passion and real heart wrenching angst, so prevalent on their first four albums, seems to have gone a bit stale. When Adam sings "Come back to me" on 'On a Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago' you cant help but feel it is an inferior re-write of the rather amazing 'Raining in Baltimore' from their debut record. It just sounds like he is going through the motions and not really feeling it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 29 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Don't listen to the hype. For such a great band expectations are very high but regrettably this album is at best mediocre. I'm sad to say it but this is one of their least accomplished albums- where are the hooks and gemlike songcraft of yesteryear? It's not that the album is bad, it's just that it's simply unremarkable. I think the real acid test is to ask yourself- would any of these tracks get on to your personal 'Best of Counting Crows' playlist? I'm not sure I would add any to my favourites.

[My favourite CC tracks in no particular order: Round Here, Mrs Potter's Lullaby, Butterfly in Reverse, Amy Hit The Atmosphere, Miami, Omaha, A Long December, Hangin' Around, American Girls, Mr. Jones, Hard Candy, Rain King, Holiday In Spain, Raining In Baltimore, All My Friends, Black And Blue, A Murder Of One, Why Should You Come When I Call?]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent return 3 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
This albums is full of highs and lows, 'cowboys' has all the makings of a crows classic, while 'los angeles' and 'you can't count on me' are personal favourites and rank very high in terms of all-time favourite counting crows songs, however for me the album does have a few dodgy tracks that need to be skipped which is a shame and somewhat taints this much anticipated release. Although these tracks are a shame there are mant decents tracks on this album and it is a definite must own for any CC fan and even casual CC listener, 8 out of 10.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... REALLY! 17 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'm sorry to say this but "Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings" is the worst record Counting Crows have ever made. The first two are MASTERPIECES (especially the 2nd "Recovering The Satellites") but this one is boring... a few good tunes pop up here and there but as a record it's not very consistent. As much as I love CC first four releases (and the "Across The Wire" live album) I wouldn't recommend it even to fans. Better listen to your old Crows records!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reaching backwards for the first time 10 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Counting Crows reputation as an unadventurous, middle of the road rock band belies a track record of subtle reinvention for those who wish to hear it. Over the course of four previous albums they've gone from purveyors of coffee table americana, to a grunge band, to spacey, indie rockers, to something approaching pure pop. To their credit, album five is the first time they've really repeated themselves.

Over the course of what frontman Adam Duritz says is 'really two albums' they essentially try to repeat two of their past glories; Recovering the Satellites on side one's Gil Norton produced 'rock' half, August and Everything After and side two's mournful ballad collection. You can see why they've done it - 'Satellites' is probably their best album and 'August...' their best loved. But there's something ever so slightly contrived about it; the fact that they've only managed to come up with 6 'rock' numbers on a 14-15 track album (one of which could just as easily fit on the Sunday Mornings section) suggests they came up with the concept before actually sitting down to write any songs.

This is more a criticism of sequencing than anything else. From the epic, widescreen Cowboys, to the world weary travelogue of Washington Square and across the album, these are mostly excellent songs. On A Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago is probably the rawest distillation of romantic longing Duritz has yet put his name to.

In fact, Duritz's angst can get a little alienating at times here. On songs like LA he's basically bemoaning the continual imposition of having to date a string of actresses, models and the entire cast of Friends. Ironically, he's at his most likeable when he portrays himself as a jerk; songs like the caustic You Can't Count on Me are potent because he is so willing to paint himself in an unflattering light. And yet he still gets the girls. Is it the hairstyle?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu
I am a big CC fan and just bought this cd as I had bought all their previous endeavours. unfortunately for years, I tried to connect to it, identify a few gems which would stand... Read more
Published 5 months ago by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Counting Crows
Counting Crows are on blistering form on this album in which they showcase their versatility and range. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gepetto
3.0 out of 5 stars trying hard
I'm a fan but this album is arguably the least "approachable" from the Crows. Typically this might be translated as an album that has greater depth, more dimensions, more to... Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by Zaw1000
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Counting Crows Have Done Better
It's a Counting Crows CD, so it has to be good. But they have produced better albums.

If you are new to Counting Crows and want to start in the best place, get August &... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by Greg Scowen
5.0 out of 5 stars they always do this
first listen, "nah, that doesn't sound like them not as good as the other albums, what have they done", 2 or 3 listens later and as with the previous albums (except August)it ahs... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by denis moodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great album
Counting crows have released yet another fantastic album. If you like their early stuff, then your sure to enjoy this. The song-writing and lyrics are sublime. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2009 by Leigh Doughty
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burner
A year ago I'd have put in one of the less impressed Crows-out-of-steam type reviews. I played this a bit but it just faded away quickly. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2009 by Spaldingcrow
4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
This is one of my favouite groups and I buy all of their CDs without question. This CD is different and takes a couple of listens to get into the music. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2009 by Soundz Good
1.0 out of 5 stars Crows rule!
'Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings' was a long time coming and 'Hard Candy' was always going to be a difficult album to follow. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2009 by EMW Denison
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be harsh
After hearing all the negative comments about the album I was a bit worried about how much I was going to like it or not and that coloured me the first time I heard it. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2008 by Duffbuff
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