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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. 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
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  1. Jim
    Mar 27, 2008
    10
    What a comeback by a great band. Their 2nd best album after August imo. They are back.
  2. AaronA.
    Apr 4, 2008
    10
    I have been a long time fan of the Crows so I can't be totally sure that my rating is biased, but I am confident that this is definately I have been a long time fan of the Crows so I can't be totally sure that my rating is biased, but I am confident that this is definately one of their best albums. As with all albums there are some songs that I don't like that much, but the ones I do like are incredible. In my opinion critics are being pretty hard on this album because the crows haven't been in the spotlight for years and years. If this album was by Jack White the critics would of fallen all over it, or if the Crows were still underground the critics would of called this album groundbreaking. Either way, it's a great album with a few duds scattered throughout. Definately worth a listen. Whatever you do don't judge this album by the first radio release "You Can't Count on Me", there are so many better songs to be found here. Collapse
  3. RichRainey
    Apr 11, 2008
    10
    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 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. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Mar 26, 2008
    9
    The first song kind of sticks out as odd, but once the CD gets moving it's like going back in time. A ton of references t older songs The first song kind of sticks out as odd, but once the CD gets moving it's like going back in time. A ton of references t older songs get placed throughout the CD. The last 4 songs of the album are just epic. Expand
  5. EvanM.
    Mar 26, 2008
    8
    Not as good as Hard Candy, but very good all the same.
  6. DukeC.
    Mar 25, 2008
    8
    4th Best Counting Crows Album It is much better than Recovering the Satellites, but could have been better than Hard Candy (3rd best) if it 4th Best Counting Crows Album It is much better than Recovering the Satellites, but could have been better than Hard Candy (3rd best) if it had one more amazing song. "Come Around" and "Michaelangelo" are the special ones here for me...10/14 songs are good. Expand
  7. 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, thisMore 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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