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Hard Candy [Enhanced]

Counting CrowsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)

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listen  2. American Girls [feat. Sheryl Crow] 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Why Should You Come When I Call? (Album Version) 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000068PBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hard Candy is, most certainly, just another Counting Crows album. But it's difficult to imagine that there's ever going to be too many. For a band that formed during the grunge-dominated early 1990s, Counting Crows did something remarkably brave--though they helped themselves to the same legacy of 1970s and '80s FM radio rock as the Seattle groups, they chose not to subvert it with any punk influences. Counting Crows were determined to play Steve Miller and Tom Petty and Bruce Hornsby at their own game, and Hard Candy is the fourth astonishing album that has resulted. Counting Crows have now settled into a template with which they clearly feel comfortable--simple but elaborately orchestrated songs, buffed and polished to a high sheen, which serve as a glittering backdrop to Adam Duritz's lyrics. These, now as ever, are chiefly concerned with excitingly unattainable women and the roads he travels to get to or away from them. He tantalizes, as he often does, with specific names and places, but is never so solipsistic that the songs are robbed of a universal appeal. --Andrew Mueller

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Candy is Easy to Swallow July 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Counting Crows have proven themselves masters of sophisticated pop music and on Hard Candy they continue to deliver the goods. Adam Duritz, the group's lead singer and primary lyricist, has said that Hard Candy is a return to form, harkening back to 1993's critically lauded August and Everything After. In my opinion, this holds true.
Steve Lillywhite's (producer for U2, Dave Matthews Band) influence can be felt throughout the album, giving the songs a certain internal strength that the Crow's last two albums (This Desert Life and Recovering the Satellites) failed to elucidate. Lillywhite's genius is that he was able to rope in the passion of the Counting Crows, holding the rope taut, not allowing Duritz and company to meander into the maudlin and the mundane, which they have a tendency to do.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to infer that Lillywhite is the man behind the curtain. On the contrary, the Counting Crows are a band hitting their stride. Duritz's lyrics are confident and playful, while his bandmates' musicianship is virtually unparalelled in rock and roll.
The title track, Hard Candy, is a beautiful, tight pop song, while the first single off the album, American Girls, is an amalgamation of Tom Petty and Big Star, a killer combination if there ever was one. The rest of the album is filled with poetic, perfect little pop songs sprinkled with show tune gusto, fervid lyrics, and climactic guitars.
If you're a Counting Crows fan you will not be disappointed. Come to speak of it, if you're not a Counting Crows fan, this album will make you one.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This could be THE BEST album of the year 2002 July 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
With Hard Candy, the Counting Crows have released a package of songs that follow the band's proven, successful musical format. All the hallmarks of Counting Crows music are here: the passionately sorrowful vocals of Adam Duritz; poetic, semi-accessible lyrics; vigorous musicianship from the band; and the meticulous production of each track. Putting these elements together, the final result is an album that sounds earnest, refined, and engaging, a product clearly born from a set of veteran musicians who have been around for a long time but haven't lost the focus on their art, even in the wake of huge commercial success. Hard Candy is in my opinion one of the best albums released in 2002.
I'm uncertain why "American Girls" was the first single issued off Hard Candy because even though it's a good song, it's not the best or most commercially viable tune on the album. "New Frontier," with its infectious hooks and rhythmic beat, seems destined for the radio. The title track and "If I Could Give All My Love" also have the potential to become hit singles.
Like any Counting Crows album, however, the music you may hear on the radio is only the beginning of what Hard Candy offers. "Carriage" is a soft and poignant track enhanced by the reflective, sad bars of a trumpet. "Miami" is a magnificent, compelling tune that finishes off with Adam Duritz's trademark rambling, improvisational-type singing. This is one of the elements I love so much about Counting Crows music: nobody compares to Adam Duritz when he digresses into one of his passionate, almost random, imperfect singing soliloquys. This album has enough of those moments to give the music a relaxed but intense feel.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting and Wonderful August 14, 2002
By Kelly
Format:Audio CD
Another great album by the Counting Crows. I have 3 copies (home, car, office) and I will probably wear them all out. To me this album was fun, sad, captivating, lyrically & musically superior to any new album I have heard recently. It took only about 3 turns in my CD player until I realized how completely addicted I am to this album. My 6 year old daughter knows the words to every single song. I'd say my 3 year wait was worth every minute.
Just a note: as other people have mentioned in their reviews, if you are looking for another August and Everything After, you will not find it here. My comment to that would be: if you are a Counting Crows fan and you happen to have August.....(their 1st) and Hard Candy (most recent) and any or all in between, you will know that NONE of their albums sound the same. (A true CCs fan will also know Adam will make these songs sound just a tad different in concert, as well. A true fan will also note "American Girls" is a little different version on the radio than on the CD. And a just got lucky to catch them on Conan, Leno, etc. fan will hear a different version than on the CD. They are always changing.) As the Counting Crows as a band and each member individually grow and change, so does their music. That is the beauty of the Counting Crows, plain and simple.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Yet again, my favorite band comes through with a masterpiece. This one, though, is a reinvention of their wonderful sound. They seem to have strayed away from their Roots-Rock roots...and have done it impeccably. Adam's words have never been stronger, and the sound has never been crisper. The songs still have that same strong voice that speaks to me, whatever mood I'm in. It's still poetry, set to music.
They seem to have become poppier, but don't be fooled...they have not by any means sold out. The album has a distinctly summer feel, but with some other dirges, of course (what CC album would be complete without the sad ones, anyway?). This summer feel is in stark contrast to the Autumnal and Winter feels of "August & Everything After" and "Recovering the Satellites", and it's even a little poppier than "This Desert Life."
It seems like the gang has started to come out of all those previous sad times and experiences that made us love them, with their previous albums. They seem to have emerged wiser, and "Hard Candy" has a very mature, and experienced feel. Adam himself has said that this album is a lot about memory, and now, he's taking the time to reflect on all of it, and thank God he's sharing that reflection with us.
I still have to listen to it another hundred times to get the full feel of it, but it's far on the way to being not only one of the finest Crows albums, but one of the finest albums of the past few years, period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I already know it Great.
I'm 57 yrs. of ago so when I pick out music, I already know it Great.
Published 1 month ago by JD Shelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet sweet nice.
This album is a can't miss. Counting Crows continue to reinvent themselves as a band. The whole album has great replay value!
Published 5 months ago by David Meredith
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I ordered
I ordered this CD for one song "Big Yellow Taxi." On amazons we page for song listing, it showed the song on this CD. When it arrived, wrong version of the CD without the song.
Published 19 months ago by Tim Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars music
Still one of my favorite cds. had to rebuy it because my kids keep taking it back to their homes.
Published 20 months ago by Alice Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars good music
Counting crows are one of the best bands out there. Consistantly they have put out good albums time after time
Published on June 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing song
I specifically bought this album for "Big Yellow Taxi". It is advertised on the song list (as #14)on the Amazon site description and is included in the samples listing. Read more
Published on March 24, 2011 by jp
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as ordered
I waited until the last minute to order, but they still got it to me in time for the holidays and in the perfect condition they promised. Thanks so much.
Published on February 25, 2011 by N. Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Counting Crows best work yet
With the addition of a new drummer, and soaring vocals, I think this is their best record yet. Up all night is my favorite. You finally hear Adam sing like we all knew he could. Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by captain hindsight
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard Candy
I only bought this CD for one song which was Yellow Taxi and it was not the version I was expecting that was displayed as being on this CD before I purchased it. Read more
Published on April 11, 2010 by LadyLisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Yellow Taxi, and some other stuff
I really enjoyed the August And Everything After album from some years ago, but then lost track of the Counting Crows. Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by Jason Heiss
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