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  • Summary: The fifth album is split in two parts, with one half produced by Gil Norton and the other half by Brian Deck.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
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  1. Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings is a rock record in the grandest and most polished sense of the word: it wears its lineage proudly, and imparts emotions directly and brazenly honestly no matter how pretty or shiny the picture is.
  2. Adam Duritz and company haven’t sounded so committed, so determined, so tuneful, in years.
  3. The band stretches out in some new directions on the trance-y 'Washington Square' and incorporates psychedelic overtones into 'Insignificant' and 'Le Ballet d'Or.' 'You Can't Count on Me' sounds like the flip side of a Bruce Springsteen love song, and such tracks as '1492,' 'Cowboys' and 'Come Around' rock with sweeping dynamic energy.
  4. The hair-shirt single "You Can't Count on Me" and the cheerily grim "Hanging Tree" are little masterpieces of pop craft, their arrangements and Duritz's invitingly petulant wail often echoing golden-era R.E.M. Sometimes that craft is enough: The latter song is so packed with guitar fireworks that its buzz-killing lines about freezing to death barely register.
  5. It’s an album of extremes, often capturing the far fringes of the band’s sound, with little in between to act as a buffer.
  6. The electric guitar interludes sound obligatory, particularly when paired with lyrics that don't approach immediate or visceral
  7. Listened to--as the band recommend--in one sitting, it is trudging and effortful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
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  1. Oct 5, 2010
    6
    More of the same music from Counting Crows, a band that I've loved now for over 15 years, but felt a bit cold about this piece. Overall, this is not a particularly serious album, and it hurts the quality of the songs for me, which feel very fluffly overall. A few standouts ("Cowboys", "Washington Square", "Le Ballet Dor") are filled in with mostly forgettable stuff ("Insignificant" being especially well named). If you like Counting Crows a lot, I would probably buy it, but there's nothing here that distinguishes itself from better albums like "Recovering the Satellites". Expand

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