August and Everything After
First Appeared in The Music Box, August 1994, Volume 1, #3
Written by John Metzger
The Counting Crows has developed quite a following since releasing August and Everything After sometime last year. Of course, it helps to have a few major MTV/radio hits, such as Round Here and the slightly pretentious Mr. Jones. Yet, despite all the exposure, the songs have held their own. Even better, there are many other great tunes on this effort, including the Midwestern Omaha and the beautiful Perfect Blue Buildings.
The best part of August and Everything After is the emotion that is packed within Adam Duritz's Van Morrison-style vocals. As much as he wants to be a "big, big star" and to be Bob Dylan, life on the road already has begun to take its toll, and perhaps change his mind. The emotion and incredible loneliness, which crawl out of Raining in Baltimore, sweep over the listener like clouds from a summer storm. The rest of Counting Crows provides some solid backing musicianship, which helps to create the mood on each of the songs on this fantastic album. If all of the attention doesn't undermine the group, it ought to come out of this publicity whirlwind with enough perspective to survive for the long haul.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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