|Somewhere Under Wonderland [Deluxe Edition]|
Counting Crows — Somewhere Under Wonderland [Del.Ed.]
≥ Nové album obsahuje některé z nejlepších věcí, co kdy napsal Adam Duritz. Například Palisades Park. “Bojím se, že odejdu, a ty se bojíš, že zůstanu..., je to nemožný den.”
Location: Greenwich Village, NYC
Album release: Sept. 2, 2014
Recorded: 2013–14, Berkeley
Record Label: Capitol
01. Palisades Park 8:18
02. Earthquake Driver 3:29
03. Dislocation 4:56
04. God Of Ocean Tides 3:09
05. Scarecrow 4:47
06. Elvis Went To Hollywood 3:56
07. Cover Up The Sun 3:46
08. John Appleseed’s Lament 4:40
09. Possibility Days 3:58
10. Earthquake Driver (Demo) 3:30
11. Scarecrow (Demo) 4:10
℗ 2014 Counting Crows, LLC Under Exclusive License To Capitol Records, LLC
≥ Limited deluxe edition available that includes a hardcover book, deluxe CD, vinyl albums, art work, lyrics, credits and more.
≥ Jim Bogios — drums, backing vocals
≥ David Bryson — guitar, backing vocals
≥ Adam Duritz — lead vocals, piano
≥ Charlie Gillingham — accordion, clarinet, keyboards, piano
≥ David Immerglück — guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals
≥ Millard Powers — bass guitar, piano, backing vocals
≥ Dan Vickrey — lead guitar, backing vocals, banjo
≥ Brian Deck — production
Holly Perry, Nashville Music Scene Examiner; Score: *****
≥ Listening to the Counting Crows' newest record, "Somewhere Under Wonderland," you find yourself on a beautiful musical journey that only Adam Duritz is capable of taking a listener on. Their new record is a stunning collection of lyrical genius, evidence of a band that hasn't lost their magic after all these years (there's still seven of them, if you are, in fact, counting Crows).
≥ If you're comparing Crows records, this one makes you feel similar to the way you felt when you first listened to "August and Everything After," but that's not because they're repeating themselves. They tap into the same emotional vein they did years ago so well, but they've perfected it with an edgier sound, incorporating a more rock vibe from the "Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings" era.
≥ The deluxe version of the album offers 9 original tracks with two bonuses that are demos of "Earthquake Driver" and "Scarecrow". Adam Duritz, lead guitarist Dan Vickrey, bass player Millard Powers, and guitarist/banjo/mandolin player David Immerglück wrote six of the songs off the record in an impressive 10-day period while in New York City.
≥ Upon first listen, you get the feeling of the record. It’s on the second and third (and so on, in my case) rotation that you pick up on the subtle lyric placements that make it a Crows album, and if you listen closely, you hear some of the streams of unconsciousness that normally come out in Duritz’s live show.
≥ The record opens with the bold 8–minute–long “Palisades Park.” Remember how “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” was inexplicably epic in every way? “Palisades Park” mirrors that.
“Scarecrow” is the most playful track, with lyrics like
Undercover Russians in a pink Rolls Royce,
They bang the drum, she sets the beat,
They carry Miss America out into the street
She sings, "snowman, scarecrow, John Doe, buffalo"
≥ “God of Ocean Tides” feels like the type of reflective tune you listen to with a glass of wine, because it's just so intimate and comforting. “Dislocation” is where Dan Vickrey’s guitar skills are absolute ear candy, and “Earthquake Driver” is easily a new favorite for their live show.
≥ If there is a standout tune amongst a track listing of killer songs, “Possibility Days” is it. Duritz's vulnerability is raw and unyielding, singing, “I’m scared that you’ll leave and you’re scared that I’ll stay, It’s an impossibility day.”
≥ And if you find yourself falling in love with Duritz all over again on the album, here’s the good news, ladies: he’s apparently on the market, according to all the “Adam Duritz is on Tinder” headlines.
Suzanne Sproul, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
≥ "Counting Crows will combine some of its hits with new material from its forthcoming album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” when the group makes its final stop on its recent worldwide tour.
≥ The Los Angeles concert, at the Greek Theatre on Aug. 17, is expected to provide a glimpse of what’s next for the rock band, which formed in Berkeley in the early ’90s.
“Some people love our stuff, while others say we suck. I don’t really care. I love every record we ever made because they were the records I wanted to make,” said frontman Adam Duritz.
≥ Counting Crows has sold more than 20 million albums since coming into the spotlight in 1993 with its multiplatinum “August and Everything After.” “Somewhere Under Wonderland” is the group’s first studio album of brand–new material in seven years and is slated for release Sept. 2.
≥ “I’m really excited about ‘Under Wonderland’ and I love it,” said Duritz, adding that the new album contains some of the best stuff he’s ever written.
≥ Most of the songs and the writing of lyrics came during a stopover in Duritz’s New York home last summer. Armed with snippets of sayings and collections of phrases stored on his phone, notebooks and his computer, Duritz holed up and wrote, coming out only to run the ideas past group members David Immergluck, Millard Powers and Dan Vickrey. The collaboration resulted in five new songs in less than a week.
≥ “I was excavating pieces and seeing what was there. I couldn’t stop writing,” Duritz said.
≥ The new album contains songs with titles such as “Earthquake Driver,” “God of Ocean Tides” and “Palisades Park,” the 8–minute album single that has become part of the tour’s encore performances.
≥ “‘Palisades Park’ is the best song I’ve ever written. I wanted it to be the first song heard,” Duritz said. “It’s the story of two friends, kids from New York, and the world around them. They try all kinds of stuff, living out on the fringes. It doesn’t turn out well, which happens.”" (http://www.la.com/)
|Somewhere Under Wonderland [Deluxe Edition]|