CD Review: Counting Crows

Counting Crows
August and Everything After—Deluxe Edition
By David Chiu

In the era of ‘90s grunge, Counting Crows exploded everywhere with their sensitive pop music—their songs, particularly “Mr. Jones” and “Round Here,” were played on radio constantly. The Crows certainly forged what we call the adult alternative sound, and their music have grown in stature, and it started with the debut August and Everything After. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the album is an earthy and soulful album highlighted by frontman Adam Duritz’ distinct vocals and his yearning and romantically-longing lyrics. From top to bottom there are the lovely ballads “Anna Begins” and “Sullivan Street”; and rockers “Rain King” and “A Murder of One.” In short August and Everything After ranks up as one of the best albums of the ‘90s. The Deluxe Edition also contains a second disc capturing the band live from a ’94 Paris concert, including a stirring acoustic rendition of the Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost in You.”

Video of “Mr. Jones”:


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