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Hard Candy [UK Bonus Track 2003]
     

Hard Candy [UK Bonus Track 2003]

by Counting Crows
 

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Hard Candy is the sound of a band at a creative and poetic summit. Over three previous studio recordings, Counting Crows have moved through varied musical territories as a way of conveying emotion through performance, texture, and nuance, the place where the mood-meets the heart-meets the mind. Hard Candy is

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Hard Candy is the sound of a band at a creative and poetic summit. Over three previous studio recordings, Counting Crows have moved through varied musical territories as a way of conveying emotion through performance, texture, and nuance, the place where the mood-meets the heart-meets the mind. Hard Candy is both a radical departure from the band's previous method of recording, and contextually, an affirmation of what sets them apart from virtually every other band on the rock & roll scene: their commitment to songwriting as craft. These 13 tracks are strongly committed to conveying a song in the hook rather than in the lyric. They are tight, crisp, and razor sharp pop songs on a bright, shiny, rock record. Every backing vocal, every lilting string, trumpet line, or piano run, is meticulously crafted and scripted into this invigorating musical architecture -- and lyrically, Adam Duritz offers at least as much as he's given on any other album. The set opens with the title track, a wide-open four/four rocker illustrated by shimmering piano lines and ringing Byrds-like 12-string electric guitars punching up the middle. Duritz sings with an Allen Ginsberg-like heroic candor: "On certain Sundays in November when the weather bothers me/I empty drawers of other summers/where my shadows used to be...You send your lover off to China and you wait for her to call/You put your girl up on a pedestal and you wait for her to fall/I put my summers back in a letter/All the regrets you can't forget are somehow pressed upon a picture in the face of such an ordinary girl." These lines reflect the entwined themes that run through virtually every song on the record: memory, the regret of loss due to ignorance, and pervasive loneliness in everyday life. Even the humorous songs here, such as the first single, "American Girls," offer candid meditations on these subjects. Other tracks, such as "Butterfly Reverse," co-written with Ryan Adams, offer stunningly textured instrumentation and wondrously pastoral pop melodies accented by a grand piano holding the middle against a huge wash of fawning strings and rim shots as the lyrics drip like dirty rainwater into a puddle in the middle of the street. Ultimately, this record, with its many seeming aberrations, will no doubt attract new fans without alienating the old. These 13 stories are as wondrously accessible in their sheeny glory, yet as moving and profound as anything pop music has to offer. [This U.K. version of the album includes a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0606949356026
catalogNumber:
493560
Rank:
79365

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Counting Crows   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Matthew Sweet   Background Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Background Vocals
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
David Bryson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Carole Castillo   Viola
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ron Fair   Conductor
Richard Feves   Bass
Charlie Gillingham   Synthesizer,Piano,Oboe,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Mellotron,Omnichord,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Tack Piano
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Jerry Hey   Conductor,Flugelhorn
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
David Immerglück   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Electric Sitar
Ethan Johns   Percussion,Conga
Edward Meares   Bass
Ben Mize   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Loops
Robin Olson   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Tina Soule   Cello
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Adam Duritz   Piano,Vocals
John Scanlon   Viola
Dan Vickrey   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Matt Malley   Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Alan Mautner   Violin
Ryan Adams   Background Vocals
Dave Gibbs   Background Vocals
Leona Naess   Background Vocals
Karen Jones   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Violin,Concert Master
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Counting Crows   Producer
David Bryson   Engineer
Ron Fair   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Gary Gersh   Executive Producer
Charlie Gillingham   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Steve Holroyd   Engineer
Ethan Johns   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Jeff Trott   Composer
Brian Vibberts   Engineer
Adam Duritz   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,String Samples
Carl Glanville   Producer,Engineer
Donal Hodgson   Engineer
Krish Sharma   Engineer
Dan Vickrey   Composer
Steven Rhodes   Engineer
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Patrick Winningham   Composer
Joe Zook   Engineer
Ryan Adams   Composer
Bill Thomson   Studio Manager
Liam Ward   Art Direction
Tal Herzberg   Arranger,Programming,Engineer

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