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technically good, but...,
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This review is from: Across a Wire (Audio CD)
i love counting crows, especially the first and second albums. there's a raw, honest emotion to them that seems to have left the crows' more recent effort, hard candy. the disillusion i felt with the band's latest work left me wanting a return to the good old days, so when i discovered this early live album and read the rave reviews on amazon i bought it on spec with great anticipation.
and fair's fair. a lot of work and talent went into this. it is a testament to counting crows that they are able to incorporate so much improvisation into a live show and still stay tight. but i feel that in doing so they have bypassed much of what makes the crows such a hugely listenable band. the massive amount of technically excellent improvised reworking of rhythm and melody has rendered their best and catchiest songs such as 'mr jones' and 'angels of the silences' nearly unrecognisable and frustratingly hard to follow. sometimes it works, but more often it doesn't, and by the end of the second disc i was wondering why they were trying to fix what most definitely was not broken in the first place.