Song of the Day #3,322: ‘Girl From the North Country’ – Bob Dylan vs. Counting Crows

Our next Montauk Madness Round Four matchup is a bit unexpected. It’s not a big surprise to see Bob Dylan here, but this is rare air for Counting Crows, who happen to enjoy quite a bit of popularity among my meager readership.

Dylan made it here by dispatching Miranda Lambert, Eminem and R.E.M. Even though I voted for him all three times, the losses of Lambert and R.E.M. hurt me. I wish they’d had an easier path. Counting Crows took out Morrissey, David Bowie and Ben Folds Five. I picked them in the first two rounds before siding with Ben Folds Five, but even that was a close call.

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Song of the Day #3,309: ‘Sky High’ – Ben Folds Five vs. Counting Crows

Our next third round matchup in Montauk Madness pairs up a couple of 90s alternative bands: Ben Folds Five and Counting Crows.

Ben Folds Five leaves a pair of indie acts in its wake, having defeated Aimee Mann in Round One with 60% of the vote and Vampire Weekend in Round Two with 75%. Counting Crows enjoyed a unanimous victory against Morrissey in Round One before taking down the legendary David Bowie with 63%. Continue reading

Song of the Day #3,291: ‘High Life’ – Counting Crows

Counting Crows is enjoying a well-deserved strong showing in Montauk Madness, nice to see for a band that has been wrongly dismissed for years by critics and music fans alike.

I feel like it’s time Counting Crows were considered cool again. Recently Adam Duritz (a Golder Warriors fan) joined the team at a San Francisco nightclub to celebrate their victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Maybe a little NBA mojo is what he needs. Continue reading

Song of the Day #3,272: ‘Colorblind’ – Counting Crows vs. David Bowie

It’s Week Two of Round Two of Montauk Madness, and we start with a showdown between Counting Crows and David Bowie.

Counting Crows advanced following a unanimous decision over Morrissey in Round One, while David Bowie faced stronger competition in U2 but still won easily with 82% of the vote. Continue reading

Song of the Day #3,230: ‘Hanginaround’ – Counting Crows vs. Morrissey

Entering our third week of Montauk Madness, ten first round mathcups have been posted with 22 to go. I’ll leave all of the polls open for the duration of this round to pick up any stragglers. All of the Round One matchups can be accessed here.

The seeding in this tournament was determined randomly, and it’s fun to see the interesting pairings that result. Today’s battle, for example, is a showdown between depressed whiners Adam Duritz and Morrissey — specifically Counting Crows vs. Morrissey’s work as a solo artist.

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Song of the Day #2,704: ‘Why Should You Come When I Call?’ – Counting Crows

hardcandyThe Random iTunes Fairy must have seen my mention of Counting Crows’ 2002 album Hard Candy a couple of weeks ago and gotten in the mood to hear it again.

There isn’t a weak track on this album, easily the band’s best work. In fact, every track is so good I’m hard pressed to name a favorite. Maybe ‘Miami’ or ‘Up All Night.’ The title track or ‘American Girls.’ The plaintive ‘Carriage’ or drunkly melancholy closer ‘Holiday in Spain.’

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Song of the Day #2,688: ‘Hard Candy’ – Counting Crows

hardcandyCounting Crows are one of the world’s most unjustly maligned bands, so I wasn’t surprised that their fourth record — Hard Candy — didn’t show up on any of the critics top ten lists I studied when preparing this collection of 2002’s best albums.

Still, it’s a mystery to me why even this incredible album went unappreciated by tastemakers. A deeper analysis showed that the record wasn’t panned. It received solid reviews — a B here, three stars there — but nothing that would put it in the conversation among the year’s best.

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