Somewhere Under Wonderland [Deluxe Edition]

Somewhere Under Wonderland [Deluxe Edition]

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by Counting Crows
     
 

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By the time of Somewhere Under Wonderland, it had been a long, rocky road between albums for alternative folk-rock superstars Counting Crows. Plenty of music had come and gone since 2008's emotionally divided concept album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings -- a few live albums, a record of covers, and countless shows on multiple tours. These recordingsSee more details below

Overview

By the time of Somewhere Under Wonderland, it had been a long, rocky road between albums for alternative folk-rock superstars Counting Crows. Plenty of music had come and gone since 2008's emotionally divided concept album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings -- a few live albums, a record of covers, and countless shows on multiple tours. These recordings all fell short of presenting that much in the way of new original music from the band, possibly due in part to the turbulent years that followed Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, an album that would be their last for long-time label Geffen and immediately precede a stretch of personal loss and struggle for Crows singer/songwriter Adam Durvitz. Despite a long period of upheaval and heavy changes, the nine songs that make up Somewhere Under Wonderland find the band sounding relaxed, optimistic, and even somewhat giddy at times. The record eases into being with the eight-minute long first single "Palisades Park," a suite that glides through different atmospheres, lingering with the same dreamlike fluidity and colorful observational storytelling that Joni Mitchell displayed on The Hissing of Summer Lawns. The lengthy tune breezes by, shifting through Beatles-esqe organ tones, tempo changes, and Durvitz's signature characters and poetic scenes. The largely acoustic "Earthquake Driver" sounds stuck somewhere between Thin Lizzy's energetic juvenilia and Paul Simon's soul-searching wordplay circa Graceland. The band doesn't stick with one mood for too long over the course of the album, offering Neil Young-inspired guitar rootsiness on standout track "Scarecrow," gentle acoustic meandering and folksy vocal harmonies on "God of Ocean Tides," and an upbeat country-rock ramble on "Cover Up the Sun." All these stylistic detours fall under a very wide umbrella that makes Somewhere Under Wonderland distinctively Counting Crows. Durvitz's raspy voice and lucid, lyrical stories always hold just a hint of desperation, and even decades into a staggered career, these new tunes can't help but feel like part of a larger narrative that began during the band's '90s glory days but finds further, greater refinement here. [A Deluxe CD Edition added two bonus tracks, demo versions of "Scarecrow" and "Earthquake Driver."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0602537919635
catalogNumber:
002125402
Rank:
17477

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Counting Crows   Primary Artist
Jim Bogios   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping,Group Member
David Bryson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Tenor),Group Member
Brian Deck   Glockenspiel,Hand Clapping
Charlie Gillingham   Piano,Mellotron,Arp Odyssey,Vox Continental,Group Member,Hammond B3
David Immerglück   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Rev. Curtis Watson   Trumpet
Adam Duritz   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Dan Vickrey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Group Member
Millard Powers   Bass Guitar
John Paul Roney   Background Vocals
Brian Holl   Background Vocals
Eric Hillman   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Greg Calbi   Mastering
Brian Deck   Producer,Engineer
David Immerglück   Composer
Adam Duritz   Composer,Lyricist
Dan Vickrey   Composer
Millard Powers   Composer
Shawn Dealey   Engineer
Kabir Hermon   Engineer
Eric Hillman   Vocal Engineer
Felipe Molina   Paintings,Art Conception

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