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Thursday, March 29, 2012

DEBUT: Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine




Hello! We are one of a handful of websites and blogs debuting the new album from Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) today. It's a covers record paying homage to some important musical icons and friends - both old and new. For me, the record is a way to celebrate music as a whole. The sounds captured here are celebratory even when the lyrics are not. The highs here are all about being a music lover...

BEST OF 2012 ALBUM SELECTION - Recorded in Burbank last April and June, Underwater Sunshine is a collection of 15 gorgeously rendered songs, in which the Bay Area seven-piece honors global icons (Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons), indie-pop heroes (Teenage Fanclub, Travis), compelling up-and-comers (Dawes, the Romany Rye, Kasey Anderson) and even their own seminal pre-Crows projects (Sordid Humor, Tender Mercies). But no matter the artist, the Crows selected each song due to its individual merit, not its ubiquity.



Counting Crows at SxSW 2012 by 5342 Studios


What does Underwater Sunshine mean to me in three paragraphs or less: I've been good friends with Adam Duritz for the last four years now. We met doing an interview just prior to the release of Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings in early '08. We found our allotment of time (20 minutes or less) couldn't handle our first three hour conversation about music... The topic of discussion that day wasn't so much Adam's music... We talked about the spirit of making music, about sharing the music we love, and about an enthusiasm of being in the moment. That's something Adam has never had a hard time doing - being human. And that's what loving music is all about.. Surrendering yourself in it and letting it change you.



Listening to this record is like having that first conversation with Adam and probably dozens of our phone calls and emails, back-and-forth, ever since. We're just a couple of excited music fans talking about how different things sound and the impressions it left on us. Underwater Sunshine (the title, interestingly, is recycled. It's the original name of the music magazine Adam and I toyed around with launching to help bring attention to new musicians...) ended up being the absolutely perfect name for the record. On Underwater Sunshine, Counting Crows are indicating songs and artists that matter; all the while, reaching out to others. That's what I do as as a music writer - and that what you, as a music fan do with your friends. Good music is the ultimate appetizer..

And ultimately, that's why this record is a blinking neon sign, a welcome mat, a gilded invitation - for everyone to attend. It's because of all these reasons this effort is like none other in the Crows catalog save August and Everything After... A new beginning. Good listening!

Ryan Spaulding


Word to the Wise - A really nice, detailed breakdown of the songs and their origins in Adam's own voice appears in Josh Jackson's piece for Underwater Sunshine on PASTE. Recommend you check that one out. - R




4/10 'Underwater Sunshine' record release date
4/13 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
4/14 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
4/16 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
4/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
4/19 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
4/21 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
4/22 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
4/24 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
4/25 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/27 Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
4/28 Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
5/1 Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
5/2 West Palm Beach, FL @ Sunfest
5/4 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
5/5 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
more dates to come... !

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

is this available today or not until April 9th? Am I the only one who can't figure out how to stream this from this site (or the others)?

Ren Slaven said...

Ryan thankyou for writing such a beautiful description of the album. I can't stream it here in the UK but by reading such passionate & heartfelt reviews like this one, it is fuelling my excitement more & more for the release. I know it's going to be worth waiting for!

Anonymous said...

I'm having a problem streaming this from everywhere! Is it IP blocked? (I'm in Ireland).

Katie Darby said...

What a wonderful review, Ryan. I love this. You are such a great writer. And thanks again for helping me out last night... --Katie

Ryan Spaulding said...

We're hearing the media is being blocked in the UK. Can others in Europe access the album stream?

Sorry about that - it's not a technical issue on our side, it's the way the player is configured - must be a legal thing. If you can trick out your IP address (your nerdy IT friends can help) you can play now.

I will ask Adam.

Joe said...

a program called Hot Spot shield will make it look like you're in the US, so you can stream the album if you're in the UK

Alexis Vos said...

i can't hear it in The Netherlands neither :(

instead i made a spotify playlist with the (available) originals
http://open.spotify.com/user/1119590001/playlist/1EvARrIirr3G91z4nQyFte

Geertje said...

I'm in the Netherlands, it streams perfectly on my Mac, not on my Ipad. I'm having a great time listening. Thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

I saw Adam and the Crows in San Fran at Great American Music Hall a few weeks ago - as good as 20 years ago! Thanks for sharing the album, I will be buying it for sure.

Michelle said...

Love it!!!

nienke said...

Can't stream in The Netherlands. Will try hot spot shield, hope it will work. Can't wait to hear new crows album!

Anonymous said...

Listening to the album NOW!
Thanks Ryan

Geertje said...

Hi I'm in the Netherlands, it works perfectly on my Mac. Not on Ipad though.
Loving the music, thanks very much! Can't wait to pick up the album next week.

The Kid In The Front Row said...

I'm blown away by the album. The band and Adam sound different, free-er, there's so much joy in the sound. Incredible.