Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Album to Crow About

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Album to Crow About

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Byline: Seanna Cronin

IT'S a long life full of long nights, Adam Duritz sings on the opening track of Somewhere Under Wonderland.

The Counting Crows lead singer, known for his introspective and sometimes morose lyrics, ventures into new territory on the Berkley rock band's long-awaited seventh studio album.

It has been heralded as a return to form for the group, which has sold more than 20million albums since rising to fame in the early '90s with the college jukebox hit Mr Jones.

One critic even branded it their best work since their debut album August and Everything After.

Duritz has never preoccupied himself with critical reviews, although he admits it "makes the job easier".

"Everybody is vulnerable (to) blowing in the wind of what's cool - musicians, critics and fans alike," he tells APN.

"Music is your personal cool. You literally wear it on your T-shirt. You define yourself by the bands you listen to. It's much more of an emotional touchstone than other arts.

"It sort of sucks for musicians sometimes getting battered around in that.

"You've got to take it with a grain of salt."

Somewhere Under Wonderland is the first original material the band has released since 2008's Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings (Duritz is keen to point out it was not a hiatus, as he continued to write Counting Crows songs over the six years and the band released a covers album).

Eight-minute album opener Palisades Park marks a lyrical watershed moment for Duritz after more than 20 years of writing brooding and self-absorbed songs.

"I thought it was important for songs to be about how you feel and I didn't know what I could put a lot of feeling into except songs about myself," he said, reflecting back on his career.

"I'd been feeling kind of trapped in people's expectations of some sort of storyline I was supposed to be living. …

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