(1996) Recovering The Satellites

Counting Crows

... read moreFor their second album, Recovering the Satellites, Counting Crows crafted a self-consciously challenging response to their unexpected success. Throughout the record, Adam Duritz contemplates his loss of privacy and sudden change of fortunes, among other angst-ridden subjects. In one sense, it's no...

59′:21″ 14 Songs

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Catapult
3:34
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Angels Of The Silences
3:38
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Daylight Fading
3:50
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I'm Not Sleeping
4:57
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Goodnight Elisabeth
5:20
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Children In Bloom
5:23
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Have You Seen Me Lately?
4:11
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Miller's Angels
6:33
9
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Another Horsedreamer's Blues
4:32
10
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Recovering The Satellites
5:24
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Monkey
3:02
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Mercury
2:48
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A Long December
4:57
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Walkaways
1:12
Released 01 January 1996, ℗ 1996 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

For their second album, Recovering the Satellites, Counting Crows crafted a self-consciously challenging response to their unexpected success. Throughout the record, Adam Duritz contemplates his loss of privacy and sudden change of fortunes, among other angst-ridden subjects. In one sense, it's no different from the subjects that dominated August and Everything After, yet his outlook is lacking the muted joy that made "Mr. Jones" into a hit. Similarly, the music is slightly more somber, yet the approach is harder and more direct, which gives even the ballads a more affecting, visceral feel. Recovering the Satellites occasionally bogs down in its own pretentiousness -- for a roots rock band, the group certainly has a lot of artsy goals -- yet when they scale back their ambitions to simple folk-rock, such as on the single "A Long December," they are at their most articulate. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine