The Counting Crows are back!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
It would have been pretty simple to have simply blown this band off without as much as a second look. Face it, you can only hear so many live versions of "Rain King" before you find yourself in Home Depot looking for a length of rope and rickety stool. Somewhere Under Wonderland is a slightly reshuffled band and this may be just what the doctor ordered. The end result is music with muscle and arguably their finest release since Recovering The Satellites.
Aggressive hard hitting folk finds tunes such as “Earthquake Driver”, “Elvis Went to Hollywood” and “Scarecrow”. Some might point out the occasional harmonic disconnect with some improvisational solos and a deceptively subtle nuanced country flavor smolder just below the surface but this would seem to be more apparent of the natural evolution of a band long tossed on the rock and roll scrap heap of time.
The indie folk genre is running on all cylinders and it more than nice to see The Counting Crows having made their way out of the musical witness protection program.