Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  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. 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.
  3. Adam Duritz and company haven’t sounded so committed, so determined, so tuneful, in years.
  4. The disc's first half, produced by Pixies vet Gil Norton, is surprisngly fast and scrappy. But the pace slackens in the mellower remainder, produced by Brian Deck. [28 Mar 2008, p.65]
  5. 60
    There are moments--notably 'You Can't Count On me'--but the band behind him are wringing diminishing returns from their polished country-rock. [May 2008, p.92]
  6. 60
    On the harder-rocking half, Duritz is nearly emo-esque in his self-loathing.... The disk's Sunday Morning half, is more acoustic, quieter, reflective. But after the epic bender that precedes it, it's also just kind of a drag. [Apr 2008, p.78]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Listened to--as the band recommend--in one sitting, it is trudging and effortful.
  10. It's only fair to consider Saturday Nights, Sunday Mornings in the context of the rest of the Crows’ catalog, and with that in mind--to borrow a phrase from Duritz--this one might fade into the grey.
  11. Considered as a whole, or even as two self-serving parts, Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings is so generic and unenlightening that you will probably not remember hearing it within an hour or so.
  12. The electric guitar interludes sound obligatory, particularly when paired with lyrics that don't approach immediate or visceral
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 5, 2010
    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". Full Review »
  2. RichRainey
    Apr 11, 2008
    I have always loved this band. It's popular to put them down, esp Adam, and say their songs are not so good, but when I hear those comments, I have to wonder if I'm listening to the same songs. His lyrics and singing style, as well as the arrangements and quality of musicianship have always been top notch for me. This album is no exception, and I'm glad they are still making records. Full Review »
  3. TomH.
    Apr 10, 2008
    Rates behind first two albums, but ahead of last two.