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.