Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Counting Crows

  • August and Everything After [DGC, 1993] B-
  • The Desert Life [DGC, 1999] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

August and Everything After [DGC, 1993]
Adam Duritz sings like the dutiful son of permissive parents I hope don't sit next to me at Woodstock. He went to good summer camps; he doesn't eat junk food; he's confused about all the right things. And he's not going away anytime soon--so starved are his peers for a show of musical emotion more learned than Mariah Carey's that some even compare him to Van Morrison, as if all sodden self-pity were the same. It doesn't end with Duritz, either--"Mr. Jones" and "Anna Begins" might live up to the songs in them if the band conceived the tracks as music first and songs second. Folk-rockers never do. B-

The Desert Life [DGC, 1999]
"Hanginaround" Choice Cuts