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Counting Crows — Sullivan Street
Album: August and Everything After
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6.2

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Total ratings: 932









Released: 1993
Length: 4:21
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Take the way home that leads back to Sullivan Street,
Cross the water and home through the town,
Past the shadows that fall down wherever we meet,
Pretty soon now I won't come around,
I'm almost drowning in her sea,
She's nearly fallen to her knees.
Take the way home.

Take the way home that leads back to Sullivan Street,
Where all the bodies hang on the air,
If she remembers, she hides it whenever we meet,
Either way now, I don't really care,
'Cause I'm gone from there,
I'm almost drowning in her sea,
She's nearly crawling on her knees,
She's down on her knees, down on her knees.

Take the way home that leads back to Sullivan Street,
Where I'm just another rider burned to the ground,
Come tumbling down, I'm almost drowning in her sea,
She's nearly crawling on her knees,
It's almost everything I need,
I'm down on my knees,
I'm down on my knees,
I'm down on, down on my knees,
I'm down on my knees,
I'm down on my knees.
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 joelbb wrote:
This is the whiniest frickin' vocalist ever.  It's a wonder a girlfriend doesn't dump him every time he opens his pie-hole.

 
Channeling William Demarest lately, are we? 

William Demarest glaring



 Cynaera wrote:
I don't know what it is about this song that makes me get all weepy - probably Adam Duritz's vocals, and that harmony, and maybe the tune itself, or the words... Oh, never mind.  I love this whole CD. Which reminds me - I need to switch out my traveling music, and I think this CD will fit nicely.  Thanks, RP! {#Wave}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...
 joelbb wrote:
This is the whiniest frickin' vocalist ever.  It's a wonder a girlfriend doesn't dump him every time he opens his pie-hole.
 
agreed  
Help, help!! I surrender.  This is worse than waterboarding!
I really love this, always have.
This is the whiniest frickin' vocalist ever.  It's a wonder a girlfriend doesn't dump him every time he opens his pie-hole.
..hitting the mark at an 8..

..on a side note: it'd be interesting to survey if the folks who don't like distinctive vocals are the same who gripe about sounds-like Tori (or whomever)..
I know many don't like this band, but I've always been a fan of Duritz' phrasing.
Don't know why people complain about them...
Their first two albums are more or less the only albums form the eraly 90's that I still isten to. Classics!
Even their 2008 effort 'Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings' is excellent.
Truely a great band, I think.
Me like very much!
This guy sings as if he were carrying the weight of the whole damn world on his back.  
 TJS wrote:


Whiny I'll agree with, that's just his voice and you either like it or you don't, but self-important? No.  I saw these guys in the mid-90's at Red Rocks, when they were pretty much at the height of their popularity.  Way before the show started, Adam was hanging out at the front of the stage signing autographs, chatting with fans, and basically just being a cool, approachable guy. 

There were 3 opening bands and a number of charities at Red Rocks that day, and he not only repeatedly plugged the charities, he came out himself and introduced all the opening bands with a support and sincerity that I've almost never seen.  I thought it was one of the coolest things I've seen an artist do.

A self-important tool would've sat back stage demanding expensive champagne. 

Though I've lost interest in Counting Crows' music over the years, I will always respect Adam for this and I feel like he needs to be defended for this thoughtless, unfounded accusation.
 
Thanks for sharing that, it's the kind of detail that puts a real "face" on the music, and gives it context.

I think this album still stands out, and has aged really well. Good stuff.
No, thank you.
 Groogrux69 wrote:
Great to hear the Counting Crows on RP.  I love this song and this album.
 

Hey...folks who live(d) in Auburn have good taste. My favorite CC LP.


yawn.
 hencini wrote:
I like a lot of this album (for sentimental reasons, mostly) and several other CC songs, but let's face it, Adam Duritz is a whiny, self-important tool.  
 

Whiny I'll agree with, that's just his voice and you either like it or you don't, but self-important? No.  I saw these guys in the mid-90's at Red Rocks, when they were pretty much at the height of their popularity.  Way before the show started, Adam was hanging out at the front of the stage signing autographs, chatting with fans, and basically just being a cool, approachable guy. 

There were 3 opening bands and a number of charities at Red Rocks that day, and he not only repeatedly plugged the charities, he came out himself and introduced all the opening bands with a support and sincerity that I've almost never seen.  I thought it was one of the coolest things I've seen an artist do.

A self-important tool would've sat back stage demanding expensive champagne. 

Though I've lost interest in Counting Crows' music over the years, I will always respect Adam for this and I feel like he needs to be defended for this thoughtless, unfounded accusation.
Y'know, I have given VERY few "1" ratings through my years as a part of RP...but as I was giving this one a "1" I thought I'd take a look back through, just to see what company this song would be keeping. Lo and behold, there were at least a half dozen other Counting Crows songs joining this one in there. Huh. Clearly I really don't like this band or their output.
Great to hear the Counting Crows on RP.  I love this song and this album.
 hencini wrote:
I like a lot of this album (for sentimental reasons, mostly) and several other CC songs, but let's face it, Adam Duritz is a whiny, self-important tool.  
 

I agree with both of these sentiments, great album with a whiny self important tool singer.
 terrapin52 wrote:
Don't quite understand the low rating.  I think it's because this band is an acquired taste. People think of Mr. Jones and don't really give the music much of a chance.  It is a very introspective, almost depressing, but beautiful album.
 

Well said. I had hoped for more worthy albums but IMHO this was the only good thing they did.
Can REALLY do without CC!!! Never understood appeal
I like a lot of this album (for sentimental reasons, mostly) and several other CC songs, but let's face it, Adam Duritz is a whiny, self-important tool.  
 k_trout wrote:
dude
you are not Michael Stipe
dude
 
You made me laugh

 terrapin52 wrote:
Don't quite understand the low rating.  I think it's because this band is an acquired taste. People think of Mr. Jones and don't really give the music much of a chance.  It is a very introspective, almost depressing, but beautiful album.
 
Sounds like half a million other crap songs.  Bring on the sleepfest.   zzzzzzz

 terrapin52 wrote:
Don't quite understand the low rating.  I think it's because this band is an acquired taste. People think of Mr. Jones and don't really give the music much of a chance.  It is a very introspective, almost depressing, but beautiful album.
 

I agree...I actually caught them live once (unplanned) - did the singer actually wear a wig?
Don't quite understand the low rating.  I think it's because this band is an acquired taste. People think of Mr. Jones and don't really give the music much of a chance.  It is a very introspective, almost depressing, but beautiful album.
I like Adam's voice and I also like Billy Corgans voice and Neil Young too........... some do and some don't and that is just how it rocks.
I was told that this album was named August and Everything After because he was born in August. Kinda kool.....Just sayin'
I don't see the appeal....ho hum at best
I say an 8.

I've loved this band since the mid-90's. Such a contemplative, introspective, album this is. 
 Proclivities wrote:
 Danimal174 wrote:

Woke up to this CD this morning. One of the best releases in the 90's, I think. I don't mind Adam's voice...I actually like it. To each his own, I guess. I also like Coldplay, Dave Matthews, REM, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, and others on here that have their share of RP haters.



I don't really hate this band, or his voice either, and it's generally not enough for me to change the station.  I just find this band dull and non-descript, as I do DMB.  It takes too much energy to actually "hate" them.  This song isn't that bad, but their cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" is an abomination.
 
This song is excellent, and so is Big Yellow Taxi
just sayin... 
dude
you are not Michael Stipe
dude
 Proclivities wrote:
 Danimal174 wrote:

 This song isn't that bad, but their cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" is an abomination.
 

Agreed!!!
 Hannio wrote:
What cheese would you suggest to go along with this whine?
 
Tetilla?

I'm almost drowning in this cheese.
 Hannio wrote:
What cheese would you suggest to go along with this whine?
 
Something red. A merlot.
Fine song.
Beautiful. This album is one of the CDs that 'stays' in my car. Others tend to come and go. Not this.
I'll admit that I'm a fan of (the much maligned at RP) Counting Crows. Hey, I like David Gray too. Adam and David. Both tormented. Both genius. I can't get enough of them. 
What cheese would you suggest to go along with this whine?
I don't know what it is about this song that makes me get all weepy - probably Adam Duritz's vocals, and that harmony, and maybe the tune itself, or the words... Oh, never mind.  I love this whole CD. Which reminds me - I need to switch out my traveling music, and I think this CD will fit nicely.  Thanks, RP! {#Wave}
 tapatia1072 wrote:

 I'm with you on that one. I think it's mostly Adam Duritz's voice that gets in the way for me.

 
Yes, same here.  The music is kind of pretty, can't get past his awful whining voice..............  Oh great, Neil Young is up next — he's the King of whine!

I think "plaintive" is a better description than "whining". It wears on me. But I enjoy them in small doses.

Counting Crows 3 by ~RisingMoon

Adam Duritz and Dan Vickrey





 Danimal174 wrote:

Woke up to this CD this morning. One of the best releases in the 90's, I think. I don't mind Adam's voice...I actually like it. To each his own, I guess. I also like Coldplay, Dave Matthews, REM, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, and others on here that have their share of RP haters.



I don't really hate this band, or his voice either, and it's generally not enough for me to change the station.  I just find this band dull and non-descript, as I do DMB.  It takes too much energy to actually "hate" them.  This song isn't that bad, but their cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" is an abomination.
 rp1125 wrote:
whining, whining...i cannot stand these people
 
Ditto,ditto,ditto....

whining, whining...i cannot stand these people
Still liking this.  No apologies.
 dedawson wrote:
Been trying to like these guys for years.  Hard to do.  So down.
 
 I'm with you on that one. I think it's mostly Adam Duritz's voice that gets in the way for me.

Can´t stand them. Saw them in Copenhagen years ago, a bad act, sorry.
 sfearll wrote:
love this song, one of my favorites

 
Agree! {#Music}

Been trying to like these guys for years.  Hard to do.  So down.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Speaking of vocals - remember the "authentic frontier gibberish" guy from "Blazing Saddles"?

Yeah, that's exactly how this guy sings: "Wrar wwwra erar  . . . "
 
Though I like them.....I think your comment's spot on. (tears of laughter welling)

Speaking of vocals - remember the "authentic frontier gibberish" guy from "Blazing Saddles"?

Yeah, that's exactly how this guy sings: "Wrar wwwra erar  . . . "
I like this song, whiney vocals perhaps, but it works for me.
no originality
I like this album, it is strangely appealing and good for when one is feeling sad and whiny, but I can see why counting crows kind of went nowhere after this. one can have too much of... his voice.
I saw them open for Sam Phillips in '93 at Deep Ellam Live in Dallas...
He was arrogant, saying "Buy our record, we're gonna be big!"
I have never liked them since...
This song is very moving and emotive to me, I can hear the whining and it's OKAY. I accept it as a valid human emotion, not that I always like whiney singing. - 8
love this song, one of my favorites

 I want so bad to hit the mute button, but I'm afraid I'll forget to turn the volume back up and miss something that is actually good.
I like this song, but for some reason I feel as though snow should be softly falling outside my window ... too much MTV in my youth, I guess.
Love this song, love this album.  To each their own.
 tompoll wrote:
My personal hell:  locked in a room with a continuous loop of Counting Crows, Natalie Merchant, and Celine Dion playing.
 
His voice is growing on me, like athlete's foot. Damn, that itches...{#Sad}

 tompoll wrote:
My personal hell:  locked in a room with a continuous loop of Counting Crows, Natalie Merchant, and Celine Dion playing.
  that would be one of the inner circles
(at least in terms of vocal stylings IMO)

My personal hell:  locked in a room with a continuous loop of Counting Crows, Natalie Merchant, and Celine Dion playing.
 Beaker wrote:

Indeed.  Suckage vocalized.

 

I don't agree but I did chuckle at the use of "suckage."  Hey, even if the music isn't always perfect, the comments can often fill in the pleasure gpas.  ;-)

I enjoy his voice.{#Dancingbanana}
Thanks for eloquently expressing my feelings about this song much better than I could have!

 
sfearll wrote:
beautiful, wonderful, haunting..
 


 Danimal174 wrote:

 I don't mind Adam's voice...I actually like it. To each his own, I guess. I also like Coldplay, Dave Matthews, REM, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, and others on here that have their share of RP haters.

  Me to. I also like Smiths and Neil Young.

wah wah wah.
Sheer aural torture.
too whiny for me today
This is gorgeous.  The whole album is.  Well we're over 10 songs in today and Bill the incredible mixing machine seems unstoppable today.  I have promised myself to go shopping for food when a bad song comes on. Perhaps i'll starve? 
beautiful, wonderful, haunting..
Trite?  Who said "Trite"??  OMGoodness....MANY things come to mind with this compilation but never the word TRITE!    This cd, while dark, the opposit of trite!!  Amazing writing....paints pictures...one of those rare cds where almost every single cut is amazing....
With a good singer, this might be a 6. Instead of a 1.
nice nice nice song, one of the best of this album, by the way, this album, the best album of Counting Crows....

Matías
 ginger wrote:
Okay, I'm totally envious of the girl who gets to sing harmony on this. I love to sing along and fantasize that that's me.  :)
  That would be Maria McKee who once headed up the alt-country band Lone Justice in the 80's. Her and her voice are very beautiful.


 Danimal174 wrote:

Woke up to this CD this morning. One of the best releases in the 90's, I think. I don't mind Adam's voice...I actually like it. To each his own, I guess. I also like Coldplay, Dave Matthews, REM, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, and others on here that have their share of RP haters.


Let the Silent Majority unite!

 chyk5 wrote:
This CD has always been an enigma to me. I know all the reasons, and there are many, that I shouldn't like it. Although musically and lyrically it's trite,I still love it. Do I have to turn in my indie fan card?
 

{#Yes}

YOU ARE OFFICIALLY BANNED FROM THE RP COOL MUSIC, COOL PEOPLE CLIQUE!! TURN IN YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD AND YOUR RP TEESHIRT IMMEDIATELY!!!

{#Roflol}

(I love this album too, and I don't know why.)

Woke up to this CD this morning. One of the best releases in the 90's, I think. I don't mind Adam's voice...I actually like it. To each his own, I guess. I also like Coldplay, Dave Matthews, REM, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, and others on here that have their share of RP haters.


Okay, I'm totally envious of the girl who gets to sing harmony on this. I love to sing along and fantasize that that's me.  :)
 Mugro wrote:
{#Yes}

I love this song. Dunno why, just love it. That is all.
  I feel better now, I thought I was the only one. It has a melancholia about it that really gets me. I don't know why.

c.


 panlad wrote:
I have to say the collective whining about Counting Crows songs on RP far outdoes anything Adam Duritz could muster up.

 

{#Yes}

I love this song. Dunno why, just love it. That is all.
Bring on the Crows hate, I for one, really like this song—and this album. So nyah-nah nah NAH NAH!!
Such a whiney voice.
Lame, lame.............lame.{#Sleep}
I have to say the collective whining about Counting Crows songs on RP far outdoes anything Adam Duritz could muster up.

I like to check the song comments once in awhile and post relevant comments.  I just don't get this thing about why people care so much about letting us know how lame his voice is or that he's a pompous ass.  You know, no one really gives a s@#t.
No one is forcing you to listen to or hang out with guy.  Give us all a break and take it somewhere else.

 Hannio wrote:
What I would do if I had Adam Duritz alone in the basement. Some rope, jumper cables, a generator. I'd really make him whine.
 
Wow, Texas. Is everybody there so freaking...ah, nevermind.

whine-o-rama
Everything's fine, but the cry-baby voice.

My favourite album! Good songs through the whole album and also the best produced I think. Sounds better then their other albums.
Hannio wrote:
What I would do if I had Adam Duritz alone in the basement. Some rope, jumper cables, a generator. I'd really make him whine.
:roflol:
Krispian wrote:
Needle's in the red on the whine-o-meter
Hmmm, maybe that is what I love so much about this album? :-)
Man, some memories just won't go away. If only I could go back! Their last few albums were a real waste of my money.
Love this album
What I would do if I had Adam Duritz alone in the basement. Some rope, jumper cables, a generator. I'd really make him whine.
Needle's in the red on the whine-o-meter
Agreed - there is something so special about this album. DrConcrescence wrote:
Second that- Unfortunately their best for a long, long time...
Danimal174 wrote:
Agreed. This, in my opinion, was one of the top 100 CD's of the 90's (and there were a lot of good ones released that decade).
Second that- Unfortunately their best for a long, long time...
MojoJojo wrote:
Wow. Had to scroll down quite a bit to find a correct opinion. Cheers. :lol:
Agreed. This, in my opinion, was one of the top 100 CD's of the 90's (and there were a lot of good ones released that decade).
lawman wrote:
Most excellent.
Wow. Had to scroll down quite a bit to find a correct opinion. Cheers. :lol:
I really love this album.
:puke: Excuse me. ::wipes chin:: Happens every time I hear Adam Duritz.
mrrmt wrote:
have you heard of creed?
...And there's always Nickelback....
Their earlier work, such as most of what you'll find on August, is deserving, but the recent stuff is too overproduced. I'm still listening to this one after ten years.
mrrmt wrote:
have you heard of creed?
Aerosmith?
I don't mind it. But Ho-Hum comes to mind.
chyk5 wrote:
This CD has always been an enigma to me. I know all the reasons, and there are many, that I shouldn't like it. Although musically and lyrically it's trite,I still love it. Do I have to turn in my indie fan card?
This album is the only Counting Crows album that came with a "Get out of indie fan jail" card. They have not put anything out nearly as good as this since.
This CD has always been an enigma to me. I know all the reasons, and there are many, that I shouldn't like it. Although musically and lyrically it's trite,I still love it. Do I have to turn in my indie fan card?
MidLyfe wrote:
I saw these guys in concert this summer in a ballpark tour with Live and Collective Soul. They were the top bill, and the most coma-inducing act. people started to leave before "Mr. Jones" was played. Thats rough...
dutchess stadium?! yes, a co-worker of mine told me cc spoke the songs instead of singing. lame. love this song, though.
brokemusician wrote:
The worst band since the creation of the universe. :mad:
have you heard of creed?
Not a big fan of CC- This is a great track though, it has genuine emotion.
I saw these guys in concert this summer in a ballpark tour with Live and Collective Soul. They were the top bill, and the most coma-inducing act. people started to leave before "Mr. Jones" was played. Thats rough...
Gosh, I don't know but after hearing this, the whining sounds too much like REM for me to stomach.
ChardRemains wrote:
Not bad. Just pedestrian.
I have always loved the use of the term "pedestrian" to describe a musical offering or live performance. It is certainly true here. Actually, pedestrian is probably a very generous salute when it comes to these posers.
Counting... Sheeps :sleep:
Does this guy WANT to sound like Michael Stipe? (Who was much better when you couldn't understand his words). Not bad. Just pedestrian. To me. At the moment.
Most excellent.
MissAmy wrote:
...Once they weren't suffering anymore their music magically started to suck...
Then they just made everyone else suffer along with them. Blech.
MissAmy wrote:
This is one of those bands that got ruined by success. Once they weren't suffering anymore their music magically started to suck. I'll always love this album, though. Perfect for a depressed, rainy day.
the first two were great. when mr. jones came out, it blew so many people away. so great.