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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back To Their Best
This the fourth studio album from Counting Crows sees them return to their best. After a disappointing third album (this Desert Life) it appeared that the band had runs its course. But you cannot expect a band to produce outstanding albums one after the other and fortunately for us Hard Candy sees them producing the music of a standard laid down by their first two...
Published on 10 July 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars A further drift towards middle fo the road
Having read the other reviews of Hard Candy I seem to be in the minority as I feel it is another example of how one of the worlds most talented rock bands, seem to be slipping rapidly towards bland middle-of-the-road country music.

August and Everything was one of the finest albums ever made, containing semi-grunge mellow rock with beatiful melodies and lyrics...
Published on 28 Mar 2008 by David Portas


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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well Under Par, 12 July 2002
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This review is from: Hard Candy (Audio CD)
I am disappointed to say the least. CC have sent their own standards with their previous 3 albums and I was expecting much better things. To me, this lacks the passion and feeling of their previous stuff and most importantly, the music is nowhere near as good. Annoying rifts, pop harmonies and not enough rock! makes this no different to any poor AOR album. One of the bonus tracks 'you aint going nowhere' is by far the worst CC track I have ever heard and the best track is a COVER version of 'big yellow taxi'. Bring on the next album!
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A musicians' album?, 27 July 2002
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Mr. D. M. Eynon "derek_eynon" (Bromsgrove) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hard Candy (Audio CD)
The guitars are breathtaking, quite honestly, slide, acoustics and 12 string Rickenbackers chime and ring like carillions of bells.

So too are the ensemble vocals, great choirs of overdubs backing up the hooks. Tehcnically marvellous.

The rhythmn section has shifted up a gear too, getting sleazier than ever on "Good Time".

No standout tracks of radio anthems, but wonderful in the 'phones' and a good reference piece to take in the studio, to aspire to this would no no harm to anyone.
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2 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mellow... but not in a good way, 12 Jan 2006
This review is from: Hard Candy (Audio CD)
First of let me say that I am totally unfamiliar with the Counting Crows, but that this particular album came on in my work and had me scuttling to the "currently playing" booth to see just what this humdrum rubbish was that was playing.
Putting it frankly, this is the kind of music that makes me think of sheer boredom, audio-fied. The songs and melodies on the album are as middle-of-the-road as you could possibly find. Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of American soft rock in general, but this is a particularly "fine" example of sheer tedium.
Each song washes over you with its melacholy - and that's not that the songs are sad, this is the emotion that I felt once I heard this record.
One to avoid then.
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