10 St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream-Kid Things.mp3
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Counting Crows - This Desert Life
1. Hanginaround 4:07
2. Mrs. Potter's Lullaby 7:45
3. Amy Hit The Atmosphere 4:36
4. Four Days 3:25
5. All My Friends 4:49
6. High Life 6:17
7. Colorblind 3:23
8. I Wish I Was A Girl 5:53
9. Speedway 3:42
10. St. Robinson In His Cadillac 15:40
Two years in the making, This Desert Life is the kind of collection that will please the Counting Crows faithful and leave doubters unconverted. Adam Duritz's recognisably emotive vocals and the group's classic-rock stylings remain in the fore as the Crows stick near the nest with their third studio outing. The Mellencamp like opener, "Hanginaround", is one of the strongest tunes here, thanks to its laid back passion and catchy piano and percussive elements. The familiar feeling "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" is another lively offering, but at nearly eight minutes it's too long. The emotional, Van Morrison like lament "All My Friends" feels self pitying, while the balance of the album is simply bland. The sound is appealing (witness the spare "Colorblind" and the waltzing "Amy Hit the Atmosphere"), but This Desert Life is, on the whole, rather dry.
Looking beyond the puerile zeitgest that cluttered the charts in 1999, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz continued tobe the epitome of the sensitive lyricist, using songs as a canvas for what was going on in his life. Like its predecessors, THIS DESERT LIFE contains an abundance of musical riches. Camper Van Beethoven/Throwing Muses producer Dennis Herring shares the helm with Cracker's David Lowery. The duo vigorously supports the Crows' homespun leanings while at the same time tapping into the same vein of Americana from which many insurgent country bands draw inspiration.
Duritz is adenizen of the subconscious who delves into the intertwining relationship of memories and dreams amidst the chugging pace of "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby". On the lushly bittersweet "All My Friends", he looks back at his life in the hopes of finding a future mate. Counting Crows offset the dark mood of THIS DESERT LIFE with a few less severe sounding numbers. Thebizarre imagery of "St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream", isundercut by chiming mandolin and sweeping organ. "Hanginaround" is akin to "Hey Jude" with a hip-hop beat. Also included is the hidden track "Kid Things", a folksy rocker reminiscent of early-'70s Rod Stewart.
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