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Without a single doubt, one of the most incredible events of the early 90's,
This review is from: August & Everything After (Audio CD)
Counting Crows forged a successful career and received countless fans after they released their first album, "August and Everything after". And there's not a sane person in the world who wouldn't be able to figure out why. August and everything after is a masterpiece of epic proportions. Each song is captivating and memorable, emotional and meaningful, and I'm guaranteeing that if Counting Crows are new to you, you'll completely agree with me during the first minute you'll hear the album by listening to the almost unbearably emotional "Round Here". And the great thing is, things get even better as the album carries on, which is almost impossible to believe at first after listening to Round Here and Omaha. But it's completely true, what follows is the unforgettable "Mr. Jones", a song that comes from deep inside of Adam Duritz's heart, which shows his desperate need to gain fame and leave his loneliness behind. Perfect Blue buildings, the next track is a little below the standard of Mr. Jones, but nevertheless, it's still an incredible track. Next up is "Anna Begins", a song about a girl Duritz felt he had a special bond with, though things didn't work between the two in the end. It's a phenomenal track, with extremely effective lyrics "every time she sneezes, I believe it's love", and the melody is as equally memorable. Time and time again is a great track, if a little less memorable than most of the songs on the album. The first line of the song is a perfect example of what Crows do best, creating meaningful lyrics that don't feel cliched or tedious. "I wanted so badly, someone over than me, looking back at me." The next track, "Rain King" is a true classic. The catchy chorus "I'm alone, but in the service of the queen I belong", is just one of the many impressive points to compliment about the song. Duritz's raw, emotional voice is used best here in this song, and reflects the tough life he had before releasing the album more than impressively. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album. Sullivan Street is the following track, one of the most effective tearjerkers made in music history (well in my honest opinion anyway). It's a calm ride through the song, which amplifies the depressing atmosphere the song tries to pursue. Ghost Train's the next track, which I believe is the weakest track of the album. Which doesn't mean it's a bad song at all, but just means it doesn't reach the incredible standard left behind by the rest of the album. The last two tracks close things off perfectly. First there's Raining in Baltimore, the most depressing song on the whole album, but it's still a lovely, memorable piano laden song that will even shred the toughest of hearts into pieces. Finally, there's A murder of one, my personal favorite from the album. Words are used unbelievably effectively throughout the song: "All your life is a shame, shame, shame, All your love is just a dream, dream, dream...". The song slowly builds up towards the unforgettable finale where Duritz screams at the top of his voice "Change, Change, Change!" These words are used all the more effectively since we know Duritz's life changed after he made this album, and for the better.
So all in all, probably one of my favorite albums of all time, which is only rivaled by "Hard Candy" another record made by Counting Crows. Completely unmissable.