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This Desert Life

Counting CrowsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00002JXF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All Songs Were Written By The Band. Produced By David Lowery (Sparklehorse) & David Herring (Throwing Muses.) Includes Extra Track Not On the US Version.

Two years in the making, This Desert Life is the kind of collection that will please the Counting Crows faithful and leave doubters unconverted. Adam Duritz's recognizably emotive vocals and the group's classic-rock stylings remain in the fore as the Crows stick near the nest with their third studio outing. The Mellencamp-like opener, "Hanginaround," is one of the strongest tunes here, thanks to its laid-back passion and catchy piano and percussive elements. The familiar feeling "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" is another lively offering, but at nearly eight minutes it's too long. The emotional, Van Morrison-like lament "All My Friends" feels self-pitying, while the balance of the album is simply bland. The sound is appealing (witness the spare "Colorblind" and the waltzing "Amy Hit the Atmosphere"), but This Desert Life is, on the whole, rather dry. --Katherine Turman

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album made me a fan December 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was not a Counting Crows fan before I bought "This Desert Life." In fact, I had never even owned or listened to an entire one of their albums. When I heard the song "Hanging Around" for the first time, (in the car on a 14-hour road trip) it made me want to hear the whole disc. In short, this cd is amazing. Songs like "Colorblind" and "All My Friends" are pure poetry come to life. Where on the other hand, you have songs like "Mrs. Potter's Lullabye" and "Hanging Around" which are just great, upbeat roadtrip songs. Luckily, the album is not limited to just a few great tunes. Every song on "This Desert Life" is well-written and orchestrated. The album never loses speed or flavor--in fact, the songs just seem to get better and better. A great thing about Counting Crows' sound on "This Desert Life," is that you can hear different influences in their songs (for instance REM ("Colorblind"), Van Morrison ("All My Friends"), Bob Dylan ("St. Robinson In His Cadillac Dream"), but they never lose sight of their own sound. I highly recommend this album. And especially to those "non-fans"--at least give it a listen. It's definitely worth it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They've Won me Back! December 17, 1999
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I fell in Love with the Counting Crows when their first Album "August..." was released. And after I saw them live I was hooked. I eagerly bought "Satellite" as soon as it was released. I didn't like it nearly as much and was very disappointed. "This Desert Life" has won me back. This is the Counting Crows I love, a beautiful melody and soulful words that speak to you. If you loved their first album you will love "This Desert Life". Nice to see they grew without compromising what made them great in the first place.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly Fading Away February 10, 2000
By Kris B
Format:Audio CD
You know one of best things about the counting crows last two albums and the live album is that it got rid of all of the "followers" who have been looking for Mr. Jones 1, 2, and 3. Adam Duritz writes from his heart he is not singing lyrics that 5 executives wrote in 5 minutes. The meaning of a great songwriter is one when you listen to the music after a while you start reflecting on the expiriences that have happened in your own life. Counting crows are one of the few bands that constantly do just that. Also about the van morrison, the band, and bob dylan reamrks. you tell me the name of your favorite band and i will tell you their influences. there is noone that you can compare the counting crows to in this day and age. no one! unlike most bands counting crows do not follow the trends and it has paid off. Now TDL is a great album worthy of 5 stars Adam puts his heart and soul into everysong that is performed on this album. He brings you into his lyrics with his voice. True it is more like AAEA than RTS from the instrumental perspective but has the same powerful lyrics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty solid album November 21, 1999
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I can't say that i like this album better than CC's previous two (or three if you count Across the Wire). But don't let some of these reviews fool you: it's not worse either. It's a bit different from the first two because there aren't any songs as fast-paced as "Mr. Jones" or "Angels of the Silences." It is a mellow album, but soulful. I didn't love it after the first or second listen. But the songs grow on you--the Van Morrisonesque "Hanginaround," the slow build up of the traveling "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" and the pleading "I Wish I Was a Girl." You'll catch yourself humming these songs before long. And let's be honest: the only thing you want from this review is whether I think the album is worth your money. Definitely.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good step in the same direction December 23, 1999
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If the Counting Crows had never released August and Everything After, anyone who listened to This Desert Life would be hooked instantly. All the same qualities that dominated the bands first offering remain on the third, something that couldn't be said about Recovering The Satellites. Hanging Around is the albums Mr.Jones equivalent with its upbeat guitar and laid back vocals, while tracks such as All My Friends and Colorblind reach the same level of beautiful melancholy that has come to epitomize the Crows sound. The only thing that's going against the record is the fact that August and Everything After still holds such a special place in many music listeners hearts that unless the Crows put out a complete masterpiece, many consider the Crows career over and done with. So if your just dying for the classic Crows sounds on your CD player, This Desert Life will not dissapoint, if you want Adam Duritz and company to go exploring into new musical territory don't bother.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TDL contains masterpieces that stand on their own... December 23, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Okay, first know a couple of things about me: I'm 46 years old, a child of the 60s... I grew up on Bob Dylan...and Neil Young...and Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen... But, I don't dwell in the past... I listen to new music... But I look for great lyrics, great songwriting, adventurous musical and character in the voice and phrasing...
When I first heard AAEA, I was blown away... But I've also learned a few things about reviewing: 1) Don't always try to compare an album with past works...Judge each on its own merits 2) Don't judge it after one listening...albums either grow on you...or get stale fast (I've owned this one since it came out)...
Here's my take: Yes, some songs pale by comparison to others, but even the lesser songs are good standing alone... A few cuts stand out as excellent: 1) Mrs. Potter...The lyrics are outstanding...they say a lot about fame...and desire...The music builds...It is long, but I wish there was more... 2) Saint Robinson...The music is outstanding and distinct, the lyrics are spellbinding...Adam's phrasing and style sets it apart... 3) High Life...that inside-out major chord is mesmerizing...
Is there another Mr. Jones or Round here? No, but need there be? These songs stand on their own...
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Published 2 months ago by Two Twiggs
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If you're a fan of Counting Crows style of music, you'll love this cd. If you're decidedly not a fan, then why are you even reading this? But... Read more
Published 7 months ago by 1wayticket2WY
4.0 out of 5 stars Typically Above-Average, Self-Indulgent Counting Crows Album
This was my first Amazon purchase...when I was a sophomore in 2000. That being said, it's the Counting Crows. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Water in a Dry, Desolate Place
This album was released in November of 1999 but it wasn't until the summer of 2000 that I finally got around to purchasing it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated album
Great album from my favorite band.

Musically very interesting. It's deep and moody, with complex structures. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Cieslowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice 90's Music
This is the music of my 20's, and listening to it always reminds me of those good times.
the songs are good and totally in line with he 90's feel
Published 22 months ago by jlmiller556
5.0 out of 5 stars nice addition for my record collection
well i finally got this on vinyl and from start to finish this album is easily my top ten albums of all time . Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by abstrakt vinyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
When I first bought this CD, I didn't like any of the songs except the first 2 and Colorblind, but now that I've listened to it for awhile, I truly enjoy nearly every song on this... Read more
Published on October 13, 2009 by A. Brunelle
2.0 out of 5 stars Found this CD in my son's computer
In December '07, I pay a visit to my grandsons in New Jersey and I found a strange song in the computer of my son. The title: "St. Read more
Published on April 15, 2008 by Henry F. Webb
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