Quick Review (LP): Saturday Nights, Sunday Mornings by Counting Crows

Counting Crows
Saturday Nights, Sunday Mornings
DGC; 2008

My Rating: B (64/100)

Best Tracks: "1492","Hanging Tree", "You Can’t Count On Me", "Sundays", "Cowboys", "Washington Square"

Friday Aspirations, Monday Executions

– After a string of 4 great albums the Crows swing and miss.
– There seems to be an effort to create something "edgy" here. Why, in the minds of rock musicians, does "edgy" A) equal GOOD and B) boil down to sludgy guitars and depraved lyrics?
– "1492" rocks as hard as anything off of Satellites, but it doesn’t bear the same melodic genius.
– "Hanging Tree" and "Sundays" are both pretty good tunes.
– "Insignificant" = "Have You Seen Me Lately?"
– The softer material is good, but never rises to the greatness of efforts past.
– The vision outdoes the hooks.
– At the end of the day, the honest truth is that nothing on this record would make it onto a one CD collection of the Crows’ best. 
Thom Jurek of Allmusic thinks this is one of the Crows’ best. After reading his review, I’m inclined to rethink my score. I haven’t entirely given up on this album, but I do maintain that most of this sounds like re-treaded Crows.

Cohesion (4/5) 
Concept (4.5/5) – The strongest aspect of this record, the one that really makes it worth coming back to.
Consistency (3.5/5) – The first half is without a doubt stronger.
Consequence (4/5)
Songs (4/5) – A lot of almost great songs here, but none of them quite measure up with the Crows’ work of the past.

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