Counting Crows new album Somewhere Under Wonderland is an album of rich melodic songs with real band dynamics.
Hearing the band count-off stand out rock songs like Earthquake Driver, the killer shuffle of Cover Up The Sun, the thick groove of Scarecrow and the dirty percussive riff of Dislocation is a total joy.
This is clearly a band firing on all cylinders.
Adam Duritz’s eloquent lyrical work, songs and expressive vocals are up front but the band including drummer Jim Bogios, guitarist David Bryson, songwriter/guitarist Dan Vickrey and multi-instrumentalists Millard Powers, David Immergluck and Charlie Gillingham deliver an ambience to the tracks as good as Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers.
Palisades Park and God Of Ocean Tides are intricate songs that deliver an exhilarating feel that seduces you as the listener.
It’s very safe to say there are not many bands attempting this kind of songcraft this far into their career.
Elsewhere the twin guitar workout behind Bogios explosive drum fills on Elvis Went to Hollywood, the band dynamics and slide guitar on John Appleseed’s Lament and the Kennedy era references on Possibility Days offer a broad spectrum of Americana.
This album will easily make my top ten list of 2014
JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, radio host, and singer-songwriter with Canadian Blues/Roots rockers THE SHAFTMEN
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