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Somewhere Under Wonderland

Counting Crows Audio CD
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Counting Crows release their highly-anticipated seventh studio album titled Somewhere Under Wonderland through Virgin EMI in the UK. Somewhere Under Wonderland marks the band’s first original material since Saturday Night & Sunday Mornings in 2008.

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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00LMBUQEQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Somewhere Under Wonderland Counting Crows will release their highly-anticipated seventh studio album titled Somewhere Under Wonderland on September 15th, marking the band’s first original material since Saturday Night & Sunday Mornings in 2008. Counting Crows are known for creating unique and innovative concerts and consistently ranked as one of the top live bands performing today and have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multiplatinum breakout album August and Everything After in 1993.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up The Congregation.... 16 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD
As much as I thought there were some good things about 'Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings', my overall impression of it was of a band just trying too hard to give the impression of making something different, and of trying to convince themselves of their relevance. There are no such worries this time around, and what is pleasingly apparent right from the word go about Counting Crows 'Somewhere Under Wonderland' is the freedom they are playing with. I would compare it to 'This Desert Life' as it shares a similar playful mood and sense of adventure, in what is the Crows strongest album for some time. It's noticeable the absence of any songwriting credits, musically, for Charles Gillingham & David Bryson, and it suggests that there has been some kind of shift in band dynamics. Whatever the reason, all that matters is that Counting Crows are back and on form.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality endures....sometimes 29 Sep 2014
By S.R.J VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Phew...an album by an old favourite that hasn't left me feeling what the hell has happened to some of the truly great established bands, one or two have made reference to this being the best since "August and ..."...I agree, completely agree, the most noticeable and distinctive element being Adams words and his voice, they are back and oh how sublimely.

Let's face it these guys are now well and truly middle aged, it is after all 21 years since "August...." blew us away, and it is therefore inevitable the album is littered with songs that reflect back on the way life has shaped the way they are today, Duritz makes it all so clear when he sings "The best part of a bad day is knowing it's OK", welcome to getting older Adam, and the whole album is strewn with gorgeous one liners that make you smile as the album plays along, bye bye writers block.

Musically the album makes me think of "The Big Pink", in some ways even more than earlier Crows albums, lots of piano, wonderful guitar textures, moments of rocking out, the music weaving along as Adam tells his stories, it feels like virtually the whole of the states gets a mention at some point or another, the journey being the essence lyrically, both physically and emotionally, even Leicester Square gets a mention.

I will be honest, with all these live albums and the covers album , I thought they had reached their sell by date, oops, wrong call.

Minor criticism, the production, its a bit flat, bit squashed, if a vinyl version is available(?) I shall buy it, this is great music, it deserves to be heard in as good a format as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Since August!!!!! 28 Sep 2014
By Cornish Deadhead TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Counting Crows were without doubt the best band to come out of the 90s for me with August & Everything After, their debut setting the bar so high. However whilst they have produced a string of great albums, both studio and live (and I have some stunning boots as well), they have never achieved the total brilliance of that first album, that is UNTIL NOW.

Adam Duritz has always possessed a soulful voice, and when on form can wring every drop of emotion from a lyric, (watch and listen to August And Everything After - Live From Town Hall [Blu-ray] [2011] if you want proof!), and here on this new studio album of fresh material we hear him doing just that. the opening trumpet on Palisades Park soon gives way to an outstanding song, both lyrically and performance wise. Perhaps the lyrics are where the secret lies as they as good as anything he's ever written on this album, sometimes achingly beautiful and delivered if you understand my expression. If you are a fan of the band then buying this is a no-brainer; if you are new to the band and want to hear modern US rock just about as good as it gets, then buy this.

Packaging is a fold-out cardboard sleeve with the CD one side and a 24 page booklet the other with all the lyrics etc - no horrible plastic box, so well done guys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back! 17 Sep 2014
By A. Marczak TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After a covers album (Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation)), which was extremely enjoyable to listen to, but highly unoriginal, it's a treat to hear some fresh material from Counting Crows. The tone of the music has strayed distinctly Country since Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, and it's true that this is a short album by most bands' standards. Having said that, there is not a weak track on the album, and you can hear echoes of the classic tunes from August and Everything After.

They show no signs of weakening, and these tracks will add to their legendary live performances. Welcome back!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Americana à la Duritz 13 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD
I have every CC album but nothing has ever beaten their debut. Nothing has changed with their new one. It starts with a track over 8 minutes long - frankly it's boring and is not the way to capture people's attention. After that it improves. Unfortunately, Adam Duritz has a knack of piling too many words in his lyrics and this often disrupts the melody. He does this with abandon here. It is also hard for ordinary mortals to understand what the hell he is singing about - I admire anyone who can figure him out. All in all, whilst I don't dislike this album, it's just isn't anything special and, because it is pretty much pure Americana, I struggle to identify with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Counting Crows - Possibility Days 15 Sep 2014
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There are those who heard "August and Everything After", Counting Crows legendary debut upon its release in 1993 who never really got over it. This was a record that somehow defined musical space and time, capturing a certain spirit of the age. "August" was so impactful that even excellent follow up albums by Adam Duritz and co were overshadowed by its breadth and depth. Thus when poorer fare followed over the more recent period, such as a Marmite concept album (Saturday Night & Sunday Mornings), an ok covers album and a range of "live" albums, many shifted their gaze elsewhere.

"Somewhere under Wonderland" is the Crows first album of new material since 2008 and whilst no match for their debut it is a record that is a rich palette of sounds. Duritz's song writing once threatened to be the missing link between Springsteen and Van Morrison and there are times on this album where past glories are rebooted. The long opener "Palisades Park" is essentially a eight minute suite of songs which for some reason brings to mind Joni Mitchell circa "Hissing of Summer Lawns". It is a sort of musical kitchen sink replete with a jazzy trumpet opening, Duritz's hurt vocal and wordy lyrics plus standard rock segments which push the song along. Repeated listens confirm a well planned if loose construction which despite its intricate nature is very endearing. Even better is the slow blues of "Scarecrow" which starts with a Drive by Truckers riff and builds into a commendable rootsy rocker. The later "John Appleseed's Lament" is probably the track with the nearest feel to the preoccupations of "August" and is punctuated by some lovely guitar work. When Duvitz strips everything back on "God of the Ocean Tides" he confirms his status as a top grade songwriter and reminds us that "less is more".
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5.0 out of 5 stars for me its up there with August and Everything After and Hard Candy as...
Superb album, for me its up there with August and Everything After and Hard Candy as my favourite Counting Crows albums. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Martin B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing album! Counting crows back to their best.
Published 3 days ago by Erin
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly the best Counting Crows album since August & Everything...
Certainly the best Counting Crows album since August & Everything After with a great selection of rock songs with a couple of country. Read more
Published 3 days ago by FatBaldOldBloke
5.0 out of 5 stars Count On Counting Crows
Will let everyone else microscopically analyse this album.
Simply put, it is a superb piece of work with excellent musicianship and production values. Read more
Published 4 days ago by John of Hampshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps their best album to date with all the classic elements from...
After a rather weak Saturday Morning and an enjoyable covers album I was worried they may be past their prime. Not a bit of it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Richard Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion this album is their best since the brilliant 1996...
Crows fans are getting use to a six year gap between new albums of original material, there was a six year gap between Hard Candy and Saturday nights and Sunday Mornings, and the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Barry Spiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs with thoughtful lyrics
Great songwriting again from Adam and the team. So many of the lyrics stand well as poetry in their own right but are coupled with great tunes and arrangements. Read more
Published 7 days ago by K. Fearnley
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Counting Crows
So wonderfully Crows. Can't wait to see and hear these live which is where Counting Crows are at their best.
Published 7 days ago by Stevie
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Great music, great packaging, absolutely perfect! So pleased with this purchase!
Published 8 days ago by Steve Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great album on the 1st listen
just buy it! It's a great album on the 1st listen, then keeps getting better. Possibility days is filled with emotion and Adam expresses it with real passion. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nailyboy
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