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Counting Crows — Angels of the Silences
Album: Across a Wire - LIVE in New York
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Released: 1998
Length: 3:53
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 Grayson wrote:
Gonna step up and say it, pride be damned (this being Armchair Critics Paradise after all), I like Counting Crows. So sue me. 
 

Takes a lotta guts to say so
But seriously, I'm fully with you. Never been the greatest of CC fans, but I can certainly appreciate some of their songs. So here it is: I like Counting Crows.
Gonna step up and say it, pride be damned (this being Armchair Critics Paradise after all), I like Counting Crows. So sue me. 
 jelgator wrote:
Turrible.  Just turrible.
 
I know right?
This band is so bad it is unbelievable!
Bland and simply Bad!
Brutal comments and low rating by the RP community, but I like this song.  And I’m really not that much of a CC fan. 
I still like to sing along with this one ... 
 twill wrote:
Sorry but the voice and delivery has a very negative reaction for me, auto response - have to turn the radio off for a while.

 
Same here.
Turrible.  Just turrible.
One of their best songs - I like both versions.
I'm a longtime CC fan and don't even mind Adam D's vocals. The quality of their albums took a dip for awhile but newest one, Somewhere Under Wonderland, is up there with their best. 
you got the info all wrong Bill. the year is 1968, and this is the Dead.
Sorry but the voice and delivery has a very negative reaction for me, auto response - have to turn the radio off for a while.
ppopp wrote:
Please make that voice go away.

 
Amen. The forward button kills Crows dead!
Refreshing! New to me...
 
 ppopp wrote:
Please make that voice go away.

 
The voice inside you head?
Please make that voice go away.
A few Angels indeed.
I still like CC and "Across a Wire" - good singalong music in the car.
 RJ-McReady wrote:
I always thought Counting crows were like vanilla: Nice enough but not very interesting. Kind of like the music they'd play while you're doing your shopping. 
 
Not even vanilla to me, more like stale, crustless, cold, under-toasted Wonder® Bread with a miserly pat of margarine instead of butter.  Otherwise, they're okay; they had some decent tunes.  Some folks really like them; to each his own.
hmm
Nails on a chalkboard.
I always listen to this app, especially in the mornings before work. 
Not a fan of the album cover shots, takes away from the images. Now it looks like all of the other apps.
Leave it clean, brother
It might be interesting to hear other artists (with distinctive voices) do covers of some of the CC songs. Because I do like Adam Duritz's voice but it can be annoying at times, like in this song. Does anyone know of any CC covers? Mr. Bill Goldsmith?
 kcar wrote:

{#Yes} 

I like "Sullivan Street" and a few other CC songs, but they're not that far off from Hootie and the Blowfish which inspired an instant PSD as soon as I first heard them. 

You know a song has truly died when it's fallen from the heights of hip coolness over many years to reach your ears in some sanitized form while you're shopping in a supermarket. It'd be great if the "associates" there hijacked the sound system and played anything with an edge, but management types have no doubt locked down the audio stream after a few such audio incidents. 

 
The sad part is that the first album isn't at all Hootie-like. There's some real artistry there and much of it isn't obviously "commercial" (especially during the grunge era, when it came out). The second album (with this song) rocks a bit more and is rather self-reflective but still has some good songs. After that, yeah, they became a pretty generic pop-rock bad. Disappointing and precipitous decline.  

This is a nice version of a decent song, FWIW. 
 RJ-McReady wrote:
I always thought Counting crows were like vanilla: Nice enough but not very interesting. Kind of like the music they'd play while you're doing your shopping.

 
 
{#Yes} 

I like "Sullivan Street" and a few other CC songs, but they're not that far off from Hootie and the Blowfish which inspired an instant PSD as soon as I first heard them. 

You know a song has truly died when it's fallen from the heights of hip coolness over many years to reach your ears in some sanitized form while you're shopping in a supermarket. It'd be great if the "associates" there hijacked the sound system and played anything with an edge, but management types have no doubt locked down the audio stream after a few such audio incidents. 
I always thought Counting crows were like vanilla: Nice enough but not very interesting. Kind of like the music they'd play while you're doing your shopping.

 
Sigh.  So many mixed feelings on this one.  I still love August and Everything After, and tried really hard -- sometimes successfully -- to like Recovering the Satellites.  And so I bought this album when it came out with high hopes.  It's just disappointing.  Duritz et al really do need their producer to sound great.  Or rather, to sound good.  Even decent.  I just can't get behind this one.
I like the Counting Crows and this cd. This particular cut is a little too chill-ish for me at this moment. It fits the current playlist well however. 
 Cynaera wrote:

Uh, WTF is Einsturzended Neubauten at last.fm? I'm musically-challenged...

 
Googley Google says: https://www.last.fm/music/Einst%C3%BCrzende+Neubauten

 fredriley wrote:
The 4th Ho-Hum on the trot - I'm falling out of my chair here {#Sleep} - time for a dose of Einsturzended Neubauten at last.fm
 
Uh, WTF is Einsturzended Neubauten at last.fm? I'm musically-challenged...

P.S. - I like Counting Crows.

  I don't agree, from either a literal sense or otherwise, but that did make me lol.

 
CamLwalk wrote:
I suspect Adam Duritz menstrates.
 

I suspect Adam Duritz menstrates.
Bleh.. Just plain bleh.

Imho. ;)
 templefrost wrote:

Too bad I can't rate this zero.

 
You just have :)

I'm gone - back for the next track. Counting crows would be less excruciating than listening to this effort.

7- Quite Likeable



Too bad I can't rate this zero. 


 Nhodson22 wrote:

Way to stick by your opinion. Great picture...bad opinion, I meant to say politely I disagree.

 
I humbly bow to your superior courtesy.


Away from all those negative comments, i dont see the album, i hear this tune, and for me it sounds very nice!!
The 4th Ho-Hum on the trot - I'm falling out of my chair here {#Sleep} - time for a dose of Einsturzended Neubauten at last.fm


 derekd wrote:

DMB and CC bring a lot of joy to people. You certainly don't have to like them. But to rank them worst bands of the 90s? You do look a little silly.



 
Some of DMB is good. Most of it is overplayed jam crap that aging Abecrombie and Fitch wearing VPs listen to as they're micromanging people to death, to make them "relate" with the grunts.

 jojopodo wrote:


LOVE them both and proud of it!!!


 

won't comment on DMB, but as for CC, their first album is solid winner a front-to-back IMO and the second album had some spots of greatness too... it was after that that they descended into suckyville (I never thought it possible for me to hate Big Yellow Taxi more than the original, but they pulled it off)...
 Hannio wrote:




 
Way to stick by your opinion. Great picture...bad opinion, I meant to say politely I disagree.

Same sound different song title. I can't tell one of these songs apart from the other. Not a bad sound, just super redundant.Silence is a nice sound too.
CC is like bohemian elevator music. It's not offensive or anything, but you just kind of tune it out.
great musicality and arrangement - the space the band members give each other and the counter playing is well done
 jojopodo wrote:


LOVE them both and proud of it!!!


 



Counting Crows playing for free in Grant Park this summer! They are really good, even if Adam can be a bit of a dick.

{#Bounce}
 matt! wrote:
The VH1 session that this is taken from is a really amazing set of music. All were completely new arrangements at the time. Great stuff
 

I've listened to this disk a few times recently, broken out of the collection from, whats it been, 10 years ago. It is pretty good, but I think they stretched the 'new arrangements' a little on some songs; it shows, and sounds a bit too artistic toward the end of the album (a little too much of the spoken-lyrics-thing). In other places (Catapult, and this song stand out), I think they did a better job than the original!


Montyontherun wrote:
Possibly one of the most annoying vocalists out there.. I'm tempted to think I'd prefer to listen to ads than counting crows

Yeh, a whiny voice but strangely attractive, for me.  What grabs me about this track though is the bassist: MmmmMM!!

Possibly one of the most annoying vocalists out there.. I'm tempted to think I'd prefer to listen to ads than counting crows

 arsenault wrote:

agreed, worst band..i am sure i could come up with some worse than those 2.
how about worst most successful band..has to be kiss...their music is like spinal tap.
made lots of money..

 

How dare you insult the incomparable Spinal Tap by comparing them to kiss! Sacrilege!
I like the original electric version but this one sounds thin and dry and just lacks any kinda substance...imo
 derekd wrote:

DMB and CC bring a lot of joy to people. You certainly don't have to like them. But to rank them worst bands of the 90s? You do look a little silly.



 
agreed, worst band..i am sure i could come up with some worse than those 2.
how about worst most successful band..has to be kiss...their music is like spinal tap.
made lots of money..

DMB and CC bring a lot of joy to people. You certainly don't have to like them. But to rank them worst bands of the 90s? You do look a little silly.



 alanthecowboy wrote:
Adding the words "In my opinion" to the beginning of that sentence would go a long way towards making you sound like a person with bad taste instead of an arsehole. That said, I agree with you about the Crows. Just my opinion.
 
Actually, it is a fact that the Counting Crows and Dave Matthews' Band are the two worst bands of the 90's.  Thus, there was no need for the poster to include any qualification. 


 alanthecowboy wrote:
Adding the words "In my opinion" to the beginning of that sentence would go a long way towards making you sound like a person with bad taste instead of an arsehole. That said, I agree with you about the Crows. Just my opinion.
 
He did say "probably", which goes nearly as far as "In my opinion". There's no need to be so tough on him, cowboy.

Interesting, going from Van Morrison to Counting Crows. I remember thinking, when the Crows' first single came out in the nineties, just how much the singer sounded like Van. Scarily so!
alanthecowboy wrote:
Adding the words "In my opinion" to the beginning of that sentence would go a long way towards making you sound like a person with bad taste instead of an arsehole. That said, I agree with you about the Crows. Just my opinion.
He also is ignoring such gems as Toad the Wet Sprocket and Nickelback . . . in my humble opinion. :shifty:
alanthecowboy wrote:
Adding the words "In my opinion" to the beginning of that sentence would go a long way towards making you sound like a person with bad taste instead of an arsehole. That said, I agree with you about the Crows. Just my opinion.
He did say probably. And being correct also helps his case.
speakerman wrote:
The Counting Crows and Dave Matthews' Band are probably the two worst bands of the 90's.
Adding the words "In my opinion" to the beginning of that sentence would go a long way towards making you sound like a person with bad taste instead of an arsehole. That said, I agree with you about the Crows. Just my opinion.
The VH1 session that this is taken from is a really amazing set of music. All were completely new arrangements at the time. Great stuff
Cries more than sings.
The Counting Crows and Dave Matthews' Band are probably the two worst bands of the 90's.
Poor Adam. I read an interview with him in Blender, and he bemoaned the fact he didn't live the life a "Rock Star" should. What a sap. He never was a rock star.
brandog wrote:
This version is part of my performance repertoire - powerful song.
It's one of my favorite Counting Crows songs...and there are a lot.
I need a plug-in or something that automatically mutes iTunes whenever the Counting Crows come on, then unmutes when they're done. Please?
brandog wrote:
This version is part of my performance repertoire - powerful song.
lucky you...oh to sing like this
This version is part of my performance repertoire - powerful song.
speakerman wrote:
Counting Crows are almost as horrendous as the Dave Matthew's Band . . . almost.
I would have said it the other way around, but I won't quibble. My idea of hell is a world with only CC and DM to listen to.
Nice take on this song. Very different than the original.
speakerman wrote:
Counting Crows are almost as horrendous as the Dave Matthew's Band . . . almost.
LOVE them both and proud of it!!! :daisy:
This is really a nicely done song and if it wasn't for the baggage that CC carries I would wager some of the comments would be different. The acoustic version is good stuff. :good-vibes:
very funny - playing this right after Van the Man :)
buddy wrote:
Okay, Bill...not all their songs sound the same! I like this one!
Yeah they do -they all sound the same. nasal whiney-ness
Counting Crows are almost as horrendous as the Dave Matthew's Band . . . almost.
folkalta wrote:
Like this acoustic rendering.
There are several on this live double set that I like quite a bit better than the studio versions. :yes:
Like this acoustic rendering.
Painful
KdK wrote:
big ups to Adam for wearing "The Replacements" t-shirt in Mr Jones vid....
If only he were wearing a muzzle.
big ups to Adam for wearing "The Replacements" t-shirt in Mr Jones vid....
ditto to the two comments below!
Nebben wrote:
I'm not a huge fan of this band, but this song is nice. Good stuff.
Agreed. Don't like most of their stuff. First listen to this one... Not bad.
I loved their first album. Everything I've heard after that is just annoying.
I guess it was nap time.
Counting Crows - Angels of the Silences Texas Lightning - Enjoy The Silence Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview Christians and Lions - Skinny Fists
bokey wrote:
All his innocence is wasted.Poor baby.
Easy for you to say. You still have yours.
:yawn:
redeyespy wrote:
....and your piety goes over like the proverbial lead balloon. Perhaps several people just don't care for them? I should know, I'm one of them. I didn't need a dozen anonymous posters to validate my opinion. This track, however, is at least tolerable.
I like it. I don't care what others think. Well, maybe a little bit.
Snaz wrote:
All aboard the RP bandwagon.. next stop, counting crows bashing. Everyone jump on lest you be the one who, god forbid, likes them.
....and your piety goes over like the proverbial lead balloon. Perhaps several people just don't care for them? I should know, I'm one of them. I didn't need a dozen anonymous posters to validate my opinion. This track, however, is at least tolerable.
I'm not a huge fan of this band, but this song is nice. Good stuff.
All his innocence is wasted. Poor baby.
themarty wrote:
remove electrified from that sentence and i will totally agree with you! :twisted:
I'm with ya. I just don't get this band. They're so ho-hum. :yawn:
Killer Band! The Crow's unique sound is refreshing. They give 110% live.
Hinkamp wrote:
These guys should never play electrified again
remove electrified from that sentence and i will totally agree with you! :twisted:
If U haven't seen these guys in concert, guess if they take themselves waaay too seriously or not. Saw them with the Wallflowers and they made Jacob look lighthearted.
These guys should never play electrified again ... this is sooo much better.
I dream of Michelangelo when I'm lying in my bed Little angels hang above my head and read me like an open book Suck my blood, break my nerve, offer me their arms Well, I will not be an enemy of anything I'll only stand here Waiting for you All my sins... I said that I would pay for them if I could come back to you All my innocence is wasted on the dead and dreaming I like the vocal harmonies running under the verses, they support the words ... it really is a well-crafted song. I like it. .. at least it beats this gaseous, over-produced Oasis toon ...
I hate Oasis!!!!!
Kerly wrote:
Yeah, I am the only one who loves them. Well done! That live CD is superb, I think I am starting to like it ever more than the studio recording...they are so different and in a nicer way. Normally I do not like live versions.
No, Kerly, not the only one, I have Three CC's at home including this one and yea :crowded: live is best for me everytime! I love accordian!
I love this song more than words can express.
Oh ick... Counting Corpses, I mean Crows...
Thistle wrote:
SO hard to listen to these hacks now that they absolutely DESTROYED a perfect Joni Mitchell song. Worst cover I think I have heard... no wait, I take that back... I heard a girl band cover Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl. It was horrible and I almost cried. Anyway, I used to think Counting Crows were okay at one time.
I happen to like this song (and many other Counting Crow songs), and I also dislike their version of Big Yellow Taxi (as well as some of their other songs). If I had to dislike every song by an artist unless I really liked every song by them, my playlist would be pretty short...
I really like them. I'm surprised so many of you don't like thia.
Yeah, I am the only one who loves them. Well done! That live CD is superb, I think I am starting to like it ever more than the studio recording...they are so different and in a nicer way. Normally I do not like live versions.
Snaz wrote:
All aboard the RP bandwagon.. next stop, counting crows bashing. Everyone jump on lest you be the one who, god forbid, likes them.
Move over! Damn! Hardly any room left! Scoot over! Damn you! Wait! Don't leave! Count me in! Wait! Wait!
Snaz wrote:
All aboard the RP bandwagon.. next stop, counting crows bashing. Everyone jump on lest you be the one who, god forbid, likes them.
I'm in too. Hate em.
Snaz wrote:
All aboard the RP bandwagon.. next stop, counting crows bashing. Everyone jump on lest you be the one who, god forbid, likes them.
OK I'm in...THEY BLOW :puke:
All aboard the RP bandwagon.. next stop, counting crows bashing. Everyone jump on lest you be the one who, god forbid, likes them.
I think Bill secretly snickers whenever he plays Counting Crows. Haha, losers! I'm the decider and I'll play this if I want. (Insert evil laughter here.)
SO hard to listen to these hacks now that they absolutely DESTROYED a perfect Joni Mitchell song. Worst cover I think I have heard... no wait, I take that back... I heard a girl band cover Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl. It was horrible and I almost cried. Anyway, I used to think Counting Crows were okay at one time.
ThePoose wrote:
The other side of the same coin is Blue Rodeo.
please do not besmirch Blue Rodeo by mentioning them within 100 yards of Counting Crows... Jim Cuddy can sing - wonderfully, and with a range of emotion Adam H is the big whiny monotone reason we all hate this band - every song a 1
Grating
The other side of the same coin is Blue Rodeo.
utter lack of...anything... at the end of this song, they cheer... b/c it's over
The definition of an optimist....is an accordian player with a beeper....I just heard his go off. :roflol:
Not this again... Gaah.
icatapult wrote:
SO GLAD IT'S OVER! TOTALLY RUBS ME THE WRONG WAY - HAVE NOT HEARD A SONG OF THIERS I CAN STAND, I AM USUALLY NOT SO PICKY...
i SOOO agree with every single sentiment. I really hate this band.
If you like this group, listen to Blue Rodeo. They will knock you socks off.
fromage
SO GLAD IT'S OVER! TOTALLY RUBS ME THE WRONG WAY - HAVE NOT HEARD A SONG OF THIERS I CAN STAND, I AM USUALLY NOT SO PICKY...
It says at the beginning of the CD that for a song to make it into the VH-1 set it had to be a new arrangement. Each one is amazing and it makes the CD pure gold.
I should really buy this album.