Hard Candy - Counting Crows
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 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.
Score distribution:
  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 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18