November 21st, 2007

Tohru Honda

Counting Candy

"This Desert Life" by Counting Crows is one of my favourite CDs to listen to. I really love their sound, their poetic lyrics, and the emotional nature of the album. So, when I saw their more recent release "Hard Candy" available at a budget price in Saturn in Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, I couldn't resist. I got round to listening to it in full last night, whilst I cooked a rather large pizza. First up, I don't think it is as good as TDL, but that would be difficult, considering how deeply I love "Mrs Potter's Lullaby", "High Life" and "St. Robinson's Cadillac Dream".

"Hard Candy" is still a fantastic album, however, and pure Counting Crows, with their layered soft American rock and wistful lyrics. Their slower songs are heavy and deep, but I tend to prefer the slightly faster tracks, and "Hard Candy", "American Girls" and "Miami" all fit the bill. I've heard their next album is due out next year, so I'll hope to buy it, because the band is yet to disappoint me. Their music always has a sad, mellow tone to it, even with the faster songs, and that is perhaps why I like to listen to them so much. I find that sort of mood...comforting. I always have. I don't know why, but it's true.

The amusing thing is that the last track on the album is their cover of "Big Yellow Taxi". It's the song that introduced me to CC, before I ever heard "Accidentally in Love" or "Mr. Jones", and I still like to sing along...but it's far from my favourite track on the album these days. I wonder what that says about how I have changed in the past 5 or 6 years. Maybe it says nothing at all.
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