Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) Image

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  • Summary: The first album from the alternative rock band since 2008 and leaving Geffen Records is a covers album featuring songs by Big Star, Bob Dylan, Dawes, Fairport Convention, Gram Parsons, Teenage Fanclub, Travis, Kasey Anderson & the Honkies, and The Faces. It also includes covers from Sordid Humor and Tender Mercies, two band that featured some of the band members before they joined the Counting Crows. Expand
  • Record Label: Collective Sounds
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 17, 2012
    The album finds the group covering some favorite songs and tying them together with its own rootsy flair.
  2. May 7, 2012
    If you want rock 'n' roll to be galvanizing rebellion or something, Underwater Sunshine isn't the place for you. But if you want your rock 'n' rollers to offer a feasible career option that sounds great, the Counting Crows do.
  3. 60
    Underwater Sunshine (a play on The Soft Boys' classic Underwater Moonlight, another Duritz favorite) mixes live staples, pop classics, and more recent material from the Crows, offering the latest enjoyable, if inconsistent, glimpse into Duritz's record collection.
  4. Apr 17, 2012
    A few tracks offer something fresh.
  5. Apr 17, 2012
    For all its heart, though, Underwater Sunshine still lacks the unborrowed inspiration necessary to come out of the gates as a stand-alone record.
  6. Jun 20, 2012
    What comes across is a band still in love with music, not necessarily their own. [Jun 2012, p.99]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 14, 2012
    Great song selection, and a nice alt-country vibe. Adam gets a chance to sing without turning his soul inside out. Highlights are Amie from Pure Prairie League and Big Star's The Ballad of El Goodo. Expand