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Hard Candy


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1. Hard Candy

2. American Girls

3. Good Time

4. If I Could Give All My Love - Or - Richard Manuel Is Dead

5. Goodnight L.A.

6. Butterfly In Reverse

7. Miami

8. New Frontier

9. Carriage

10. Black And Blue

11. Why Should You Come When I Call

12. Up All Night

13. Holiday In Spain

14. 4 White Stallions

15. You Ain't Going Nowhere

16. Big Yellow Taxi

Performer Notes
  • Counting Crows: David Immergluck (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, slide guitar, mandolin, electric sitar, bass); Dan Vickrey (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, banjo); Dave Bryson (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Charles Gillingham (vocals, piano, Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano, tack piano, Hammond B-3 organ, mellotron, omnichord, background vocals); Adam Duritz (vocals, piano, samples); Matt Malley (vocals, bass, upright bass); Ben Mize (vocals, drums, percussion, loops).
  • Additional personnel includes: Andre "Don" Carter (trumpet); Jerry Hey (flugelhorn); Adam F. Duritz (congas, percussion); Leona Naess, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow Matthew Sweet, David Gibbs (background vocals).
  • Producers: Steve Lillywhite, Ethan Jones, Carl Glanville, Counting Crows.
  • Partially recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California and at Westside Studios, London, England.
  • British import edition includes two bonus tracks ("You Ain't Going Nowhere" and "White Stallions").
  • Personnel: Counting Crows (background vocals); David Immergl?ck (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, electric sitar); Dan Vickrey (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo); David Bryson (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Charlie Gillingham (vocals, oboe, piano, tack piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, omnichord, synthesizer); Adam Duritz (vocals, piano); Matt Malley (vocals, upright bass); Ben Mize (vocals, drums, percussion, loops); Katia Popov, Robin Olson, Alan Grunfeld, Alan Mautner, Karen Jones , Mario de Le?n, Ralph Morrison III, Sara Parkins, Jacqueline Brand , Natalie Leggett, Josefina Vergara (violin); Carole Castillo, John Scanlon, Brian Dembow (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Tina Soule, Stephen Erdody , Cecilia Tsan (cello); Jerry Hey (flugelhorn); Ethan Johns (congas, percussion); Tal Herzberg (programming); Dave Gibbs, Leona Naess, Matthew Sweet, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: David Bryson; Jack Joseph Puig.
  • Recording information: Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Westside Studios, London, England; Yet Another House On Yet Another Hill, Hollywood, CA.
  • Photographer: Peggy Sirota.
  • Arrangers: Ron Fair; Tal Herzberg.
  • Intent on recapturing the mainstream glory of their debut AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER, Counting Crows find themselves expanding ranks (adding touring guitarist David Immergluck) and tightening up musical execution on 2002's HARD CANDY. Make no mistake, frontman Adam Duritz continues plumbing the dark reaches of his sensitive and somewhat damaged psyche for lyrical inspiration, but the band's spirited playing makes for an excellent counterpoint. The results include a Byrds-flavored title cut (aided by Matthew Sweet's harmonies) and the semi-New Wave workout "New Frontier" peppered by Charlie Gillingham's delightfully cheesy synthesizer runs.
  • Duritz's troubled romantic lyrics find him insecurely sabotaging an otherwise flourishing relationship on the soaring "Miami," unable to fathom whether love is nourishing or depriving on the bittersweet "Goodnight L.A.," and feeding off depression and suicide on the piano-driven "Black And Blue." Counting Crows' use of outside collaborators also works well. Among the most notable cameos are Ryan Adams contributing vocals and lyrics to the wistful waltz "Butterfly In Reverse," Jerry Hey delivering a rich flugelhorn solo to the melancholy "Carriage," and Sheryl Crow adding her distinctive voice to the groove-happy first single "American Girls." HARD CANDY makes for some tasty listening.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (7/25/02, p.73) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...This is a supremely confident, fastidiously arranged, masterfully played record....achieving moments of finespun beauty..."

Spin (8/02, p.114) - 6 out of 10- "...Duritz and his bandmates sell their drama with a power they've never before maintained for an entire album..."

Entertainment Weekly (7/12/02, p.84) - "...13 doleful songs about the impossibility of Duritz's ever forging a lasting relationship..." Rating: B-

Uncut (8/02, p.97) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...Best album since their debut..."
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