Hard Candy - Counting Crows
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

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  • Summary: Only the band's fourth studio recording in their 10+ year existence, 'Hard Candy' offers up 13 new tracks, including the single "American Girls" and "Butterfly Reverse," which was cowritten by Ryan Adams. Steve Lillywhite produces.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Hard Candy is the sound of a band at a creative and poetic summit.
  2. Their best, most mature, and most vital effort to date.
  3. 80
    Few bands can both rock and pine as well as Duritz and company.
  4. Too much of this mopey stuff can be Hard to take.
  5. 60
    The material sinks or swims on the quality of [Duritz's] brooding. [#8, p.116]
  6. Adam Duritz has vocal warmth and his band create all sorts of lush soundscapes, not a million miles away from a less jazzy Steely Dan. [July 2002, p.112]
  7. Mid-tempo rocker follows mid-tempo rocker without any change of pace to keep things interesting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. JoshL
    Feb 28, 2005
    This is an amazing cd! Must own for fans of theirs, and the genre.
  2. TravisC.
    Sep 11, 2002
    Duritz really hti it big this time! With the superior vocals and outreach into different sounds with insturments is just more than words can explain. Counting Crows went even further with the vocals of Sheryl Crow and Ryan Adams. This is definitely very close to August and Everything After which is far by, as everyone agrees, the best Counting Crows CD! A Big 10 for Duritz and Company! Expand
  3. CraigA
    Mar 27, 2006
    If you ignore the treacley sap that is 'Butterfly in Reverse', this is their best album since 'August...' I firmly believe that 'Up All Night' may be the greatest single never released. Expand
  4. Chris
    Jul 22, 2002
    I agree with everything Ryan says this is a fine CD and easily their best since "August and Everything After". My only complaint is they don't push themselfs harder here to create a more diverse expereince. Oh yeah and "New Frontiers" is thier worst song ever! Expand
  5. RasmusMarkP
    Dec 28, 2002
    Fantastic album. The only thing I would like to have they should do is to loosen up just a bit more like when they're live or like previosly in Rain King and Hanging Around... Expand
  6. noname
    Jan 28, 2004
    pretty good, but neither this album nor "this desert life" compare to "august..." and "...satellites"
  7. Crowsfeet
    Sep 8, 2002
    Im a die hard Crows fan.. but this was a poor effort.. they seem to have fallen into that all too common trap of producing a couple of good albums and then sticking to the system... leading to the contrived sound that I hear everytime I put on the album. Their rhythm and bass lines sounds like they pushed the "rhythm 1" button on their Casio Jr. Musicians keyboard. You can definitly hear the machine behind the man in this album. "prefabricated" describes it precisely. Expand

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