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The Vinyl Summer

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Pianoclear
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Ah, Counting Crows. One of the great bands of our time. Now, I know that most of you hardcore punkers and scene kids are going to disagree with me, but I believe Adam Duritz is a musical genius. He knows how and when to convey the perfect emotion to match his band's music, and he's a pretty darn goo.



Ah, Counting Crows. One of the great bands of our time. Now, I know that most of you hardcore punkers and scene kids are going to disagree with me, but I believe Adam Duritz is a musical genius. He knows how and when to convey the perfect emotion to match his band's music, and he's a pretty darn good pianist too.

When I first heard about this tribute album a while back, I was ecstatic. What could be better than some of my favorite bands playing Counting Crows songs? Then I looked at the tracklisting and didn't recognize any of the groups performing the covers. I almost completely forgot about the album until I was looking for a copy of This Desert Life, my favorite album from the band themselves, and I saw this in the record bin. I thought, what the hell, it's only ten bucks, and I made my purchase.

I popped it into my cheap portable CD player and listened to the album while driving out to my girlfriend's place, constantly looking around for cops who wanted to bust me for driving with earphones. As it was a long drive, I had the chance to listen to it twice. Here's what I thought:

  1. Rydia - "Angels Of The Silences" - Hmmmm...never heard of them. A little too poppy for me. While CC has been known to record some pop-sounding material, this was just too much. Still, it gets points for being a Counting Crows song. I don't know why, I can't really explain it, I just wasn't feeling the track. But I listened to it in its entirety. On to the next one. 4/10
  2. The Rocket Summer - "High Life" - I had never heard of the Rocket Summer, but now I want to hear more of them. This is an amazing and beautiful cover of one of my favorite CC tunes. It's basically just an acoustic guitar or two and a singer - ah, the singer. If you don't like whiny voices, you might be a bit put off by this. While this isn't as bad as say, New Found Glory, it is somewhat present. However, after about the first thirty seconds, I got past it, realizing how good the singer actually was, and didn't even notice it anymore. A great track. 9/10
  3. Number One Fan - "Holiday In Spain" - Right on. While the CC original is great in its own right, I think I love this version more. All the elements of the various instruments come together beautifully for a mid-tempo jam that far surpasses the original. You have to hear it. 10/10
  4. Between The Buried And Me - "Colorblind" - I almost didn't recognize the song when it started. I wasn't expecting a few acoustic, possibly classical guitars to churn out the piano lines of this Duritz classic, or even the few little bursts of flamenco in the beginning; nice touch. However, that's as good as the song gets. The cover isn't horrible, or even bad, but the singer and the drummer sound...stiff. That's the only way to put it: stiff. And wait, this song isn't supposed to have drums... 6/10
  5. Boys Night Out - "Walkaways" - Emo. If you don't like it, you won't like the first minute of this cover. However, if you enjoy the occasional mid-tempo rocker, you should enjoy the second minute, which strangely ends with the beginning of "Round Here," but not the beginning of the next track..."Round Here." I did like the song though. 7/10
  6. Punchline - "Round Here" - Who asked this band to cover this song? Hey guys, this isn't a Me First album. This is a slow, emotional song, not a pop-punk song. As far as pop-punk goes, the song's not too bad. But come on...it's "Round Here." The vocals are nice for the most part, and there are some catchy little riffs here and there, but the song conveys little emotion...wasn't too impressed. 4/10
  7. Houston Calls - "Einstein On A Beach" - Someone should tell Punchline to listen to this song and take notes. Pop-punk covers should be applied to upbeat tunes, not slow ones that are already amazing. Anyway, this band does a pretty good job on this one, with catchy hooks and little touches of electronica. 7/10
  8. Hidden In Plain View - "Mr. Jones" - Simply put, a great cover. It's less folk-ish rock than it is a catchy punk-ish version, but great nonetheless. The vocalist conveys emotion almost as well as Adam himself, but in a different fashion that's not too common among emo-ish groups today. Gotta hear more of this band. Beautiful-ish. 9/10
  9. Bayside - "A Long December" - This band has got it down. Beautiful vocal harmonies, catchy, solid guitars, and perfect rhythm. Again, I liked this song better than the original. It's that good. I found myself singing along harder with this than I ever did with the Crows' version. It's slow, a little hard, and very easy to get lost in. 10/10
  10. The International Language - "Rain King" This song scares me. Thanks for ruining the song. 3/10 (for the neat intro)
  11. The Junior Varsity - "Raining In Baltimore." A good cover. Its original is a classic song and here it's a pretty good, new rendition, enough to keep the average listener interested. I prefer the original though. 7/10
  12. As Tall As Lions - "Children In Bloom" - Yes! That's all I could say when I heard this song. It's hard not to rock out (or speed up if you're driving) while listening to this. The vocalist has an amaaaazingly good voice, reminding me of Dishwalla a bit. The instrumentation is perfect for the track, and I honestly can't decide which version I like better. With a huge buildup and complete rocking out at the end, it's a perfect ending to the compilation. I must hear more of As Tall As Lions, as I can't stop listening to this song. 10/10
All in all, I think the Counting Crows would be proud. Most of the bands here did a fine job of paying tribute to one of the most influential bands of the last decade. And if nothing else, hopefully this album will gain the Crows some new fans, and gain the not-too-widely known artists on here some recognition as well. Good album.

* - This is my first review. Keep that in mind, please. I've never seen such a critical group of commentators on a website, so I'm hoping for some slack here.

 


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barakat_x (November 22, 2008)

I absolutely LOVED this album.

the rocket summer's cover was by far the best.

i have nothing bad at all to say about it.
the counting crows were and still are an amazing band.

Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

Im appalled by the fact that not that many people called out how much counting crows blows, and how this albums title blows even harder! They should have just called this thing "Dont buy this garbage" cuz that phrase is synonymous with anything calling itself "indie" or "a tribute to counting crows". To me anyway.

-!Greenvandal!

Anonymous (January 22, 2005)

i work a job that involves manual labor (they still exist), live on my own, pay my own rent and bills.. and enjoy the company of friends, and drinking beer.. and i hate street punk. bitch.

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

"Streetpunk: Blue Collar working kids, like beer and friends"

Hmmm... Seem kind of slanted? I hope this is sarcasm... All of the street punks I know of are richies who live in Kansas and spend their allowance on patches and studs... I'm not kidding, it's true.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

hahaha

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

guy below me forgot one: Aholes: People who make up lists labeling people

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

Here is a census on punk styles and their fans:

Streetpunk: Blue Collar working kids, like beer and friends
Pop-punk: Teenagers looking for something different
Emo: Teenagers looking for something different but aren't cool enough to hang with the pop-punkers
Metalcore: Jock Meatheads
NYHC: Violent Thugs
Screamo: Hyperactive, self-loathing emo fans
Indie: Wannabe alt-rockers ala 1993 who can't listen to anything on the radio anymore
Anarcho-punk: Most of you don't know what this is, so I'll skip it
Powerviolence: Nerdy motherfuckers
Fastcore/thrashcore: Ultra Nerdy Motherfuckers with advanced college degrees
Internet Punks: too socially retarded to fit into any subgroup, so they create a community of bitching on post boards. This is the extent of their scene.

You can probably find yourself on this list!

BrandonSideleau (January 21, 2005)

The Counting Crows were a lame pop band (yes, they weren't a rock band by ANY definition) and these bands covering them are all lame pop bands. And no, this has nothing to do with me being "punk rock" (whatever that means), it has to do with me being a fan of music. And to the guy who said the Counting Crows are "post-grunge"......what the hell is that? I honestly don't see how you can relate these guys in any way to Nirvana. Anyway, fuck the Counting Crows, when I want something non-violent to listen to I'll stick to John Coltrane, not this crap.

boldredletters (January 20, 2005)

i wouldn't say some of their labels would give much less support than some of the majors.

Icapped2pac (January 20, 2005)

http://calvin.punknews.org/reviews.php?op=write_review

Just click on "Reviews". The link is right there. Not that hard.

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

How does one submit a review anyway. I there's a submit news option, but that's about it.

Icapped2pac (January 20, 2005)

"Really guys, publications and websites that only run positive reviews have no credibility."

Wow, this jerkoff has apparently never read a Jesse review. The fact that he kept calling it Punknews.com is hilarious as well. All you fuckwits complaining about the content really amuse me. As somebody else said, this site depends on reader contributions for much of the content, and is therefore largely steered by those who read it. If you want better reviews, write some. If you want news on what you think are punk bands, then do some homework and contribute some news on your favorite bands once in a while. There are many things you can do if you're unhappy with what's on this site. The #1 option I would suggest to you, though, is LEAVE AND NEVER COME BACK. Honestly, those of us who are happy with the site couldn't give any less of a fuck whether you come back to post your bitchy inane comments. What is making you read these reviews anyway? Just skip over them to the ones for bands you care about. Bitch bitch bitch...

And to Brian, Adam, Aubin, and Scott Emeritus, keep up the good work. Even though I never cared for Counting Crows or a single band on this comp, I'm still glad it's here for all to read. Rock hard, rock salt.

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

"My only comfort is that most of the people who like this dreck will have office jobs in a few years..."

yea, this guy will still be sponging off of his parents. Living in their basement telling anyone who will listen how punk he is.

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

"how're these bands indie?"

like i said, they aren't on a major label

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

You know, there was a time not that long ago, that I used to actually come to this site for insightful new items concerning "punk rock" groups. Sadly, that time is gone. After seeing this drivel along with the bonaroo item, I don't think I am coming back. Enough is enough already.

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

driving with headphones on is very unsafe.

ThriveToFailure (January 20, 2005)

I wasn't trashing Counting Crows to be "punker than thou". I just don't like them, and I never have.

Anyway, how does trashing a bunch of post-grunge also-rans who ceased to be popular about seven years ago get you scene points? Surely if you rolled up (in your girl jeans and tight lumberjack shirt) going "you know who really sucks? Counting Crows..." most scenesters would just be like "who??"

Next you're gonna tell me it's a hip thing to diss Silverchair or something...

boldredletters (January 20, 2005)

how're these bands indie? also, i always confuse this band with the black crowes.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

I have absolutely no desire to listen to mediocre bands covering one of the worst bands out of the 90's. Who thought this was a good idea?

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

i'm not surprised at all to see Between the buried and me on here. someone may have already mentioned this, but i read somewhere about how they were influenced by them. i found it interesting.

-greyicewater

harry_the_dentist (January 19, 2005)

"actually alien ant farm are recording a new album oh shit there goes your scene"

"nobody likes them anymore"

I actually do still like them and know several other people who do

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

"actually alien ant farm are recording a new album oh shit there goes your scene"

nobody likes them anymore

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

Gee, every time I read another review on PunkNews.com, the credibility of the site slips a few notches further.

Note to whoever puts this site together: Get some decent critics. As of now, it seems that all your critics are 19 year old kids who are so thrilled to get a freakin' free CD, they'll gush over whatever.

The 'Crows sucked and the tribute compilation concept ran its course in, say, 1995?

I'm really trying to be somewhat diplomatic here, for once. Really guys, publications and websites that only run positive reviews have no credibility.

What's next, a Journey tribute with covers by Newfound Glory, Good Charlotte and My Chemical Romance? Honestly, that doesn't seem too far off. and, when it comes out, some kid will get all golly-gee-willikers about it on PunkNews.com.

Please, a little editorial control is in the best news of PunkNews.com. Cripes.

Obviously you don't come here often.

You can't even get the URL correct, let alone pick the average age of the writers. On top of that you go an assume every review is positive?

Proving again that you really do not know as much as you think about this website.

Moving on...

I 'got' this tribute this afternoon and I don't like it. Most of the songs are pretty boring with the exception of Rocket Summer and Punchline.

- Kirby

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

its spelled genius you ass spelunker

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

Adam Duritz is NOT a musical genious.

That being said, I don't think I'll really feel compelled to hear this.

-benz

beaarthur (January 19, 2005)

"one of the most influential bands of the last decade."

Yes, well I think that's evident by the caliber of the bands on this tribute album.

harry_the_dentist (January 19, 2005)

actually alien ant farm are recording a new album oh shit there goes your scene

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

"one of the great bands of our times"

Yeah...okay...

Call me punker than thou for bashing a tone-deaf, annoying corporate radio dickpig ensemble such as Counting Crows, but for christ sake have you no decency man? This band is not, and never will be anything in the same galaxy as punk. None of the bands on this compilation will ever be anything other than awful indie bands who can't score mainstream alternative success so they pretend to buy into the ethics of punk and continue to pollute my fucking scene.

My only comfort is that most of the people who like this dreck will have office jobs in a few years and this indie shit will die just as fast as screamo and alien ant farm.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

Crow: "Oh no! Mike has become the most repulsive thing in the known universe!"

All: "Adam Durittz of Counting Crows!"

Mike: "Roooooooound Heeeeeeeeerrreeee......."

All: (screams of horror)

inagreendase (January 19, 2005)

Please, a little editorial control is in the best news of PunkNews.com. Cripes.

Maybe you should tell them, then...

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

I have to laugh at all the "punker than thou" below who are doing their best to trash CC. Counting Crows is an amazing live band, and their albums contain songwriting that the shitty bands you listen to would give their left nuts for. The people that are whining about "deducting scene points" for whatever follicle transgression you think Adam Duritz may have committed are the same ones writing the names of every MEST member on their Geometry notebooks.

David Letterman said it best when introducing CC on his show in 1994. Holding up a copy of August and Everything After, Letterman told his viewers, "If you don't have this album, something's Wrong with you."

ThriveToFailure (January 19, 2005)

"What could be better than some of my favorite bands playing Counting Crows songs?"

Other bands NOT playing Counting Crows songs?

(Song-by-song review works for cover compilations, IMO, as they let you know who is on the record, what they play and how much they suck compared to the original. Thats all people who might be thinking of buying the record really want to know..... there's just not even the remotest risk that I am ever going to buy this, is all.)

thirtyseconds (January 19, 2005)

Good God this looks awful. That twat from the Rocket Summer is, well... a twat.

dazed (January 19, 2005)

Wow. Counting Crows were really bad save a couple songs and almost all of these bands are even worse than Counting Crows. This sounds like the biggest shit sandwich ever, with a double helping of shit corn.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

"What could be better than some of my favorite bands playing Counting Crows songs?"

It took me twenty minutes after reading this walking around before I realized he was being serious here. I apologize, I assumed it had been sarcasm, and went on with my day. I thought everything was ironic these days. I should have taken the time to read harder.

before you would have to buy 3, 4, maybe 5 records to have all these shitty songs in one place, now there all here in this one great collection.

i just didn't think anyone could actually say that sentence with a straight face.

wyzo

theundergroundscene (January 19, 2005)

Guys...

August And Everything After is a phenomenal album.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

my room mate tells me she saw adam duritz on something on tv and they were talking about how he never had real dreads, he just wears wigs. if thats true thats fucking retarded. and although they are generally a shitty band, their first album is pretty moving. it makes me want to cry. :(

joeg (January 19, 2005)

horrible. just horrible. i take gerardo and right said fred over counting crows and any of the bands involved in this. no bullshit.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

P u n k n u d e s . o r g

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

God the Junior Varsity sucks

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

For those complaining about reviews, write your own damn ones! This is a fan run operation, so of course you will get amateur reviews. If you want a good review, write it yourself.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

This review sucks. Reviewer, please hang yourself.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

"how the fuck are any of these bands indie?"

well, they aren't on a major label

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Gee, every time I read another review on PunkNews.com, the credibility of the site slips a few notches further.

Note to whoever puts this site together: Get some decent critics. As of now, it seems that all your critics are 19 year old kids who are so thrilled to get a freakin' free CD, they'll gush over whatever.

The 'Crows sucked and the tribute compilation concept ran its course in, say, 1995?

I'm really trying to be somewhat diplomatic here, for once. Really guys, publications and websites that only run positive reviews have no credibility.

What's next, a Journey tribute with covers by Newfound Glory, Good Charlotte and My Chemical Romance? Honestly, that doesn't seem too far off. and, when it comes out, some kid will get all golly-gee-willikers about it on PunkNews.com.

Please, a little editorial control is in the best news of PunkNews.com. Cripes.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Fuck this bullshit. I think I'm more offended than I have been in weeks. Whoever thought up this very truly gay concept should be punched.

Shitty bands covering a shitty band.

Wow.

-Grant's Tomb

TheOneTrueBill (January 18, 2005)

Woah, I can't do HTML.

All Scratched Up next.

TheOneTrueBill (January 18, 2005)

Fuck yeah! I'm listening to Down By Law right now, the Punky Brewster 7". I need to put on all Scratched Up Next.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Counting Crows Must DIE
I'd Like to punch them in the eye!
Counting Crows Must DIE
Boring Hippie rip-off shit that sucked in the first place!
Counting Crows Must DIE
Counting Crows Must DIE!

-DBL

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Counting Crows, rather. This score is for my last comment, for typographical reasons.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

It is in no way acceptable to like the Counting Crow. F minus minus.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Admittedly jakked from Pitchfork...

"If the guy next to you ever bought a Counting Crows album, punch him in the face!"
-- Robert Pollard

End speculation.

unconcerned (January 18, 2005)

How many scene points do you lose for having fake dreds?

8dollarclarinetsolo (January 18, 2005)

counting crows are good but this is bad.. plus every band sounds the same

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Ok the Counting Crows are a pretty good band for being "radio rock" but I'd hardly call them one of the best of our time. Haha that's such a bizarre thing to say. Add that to the fact that there is no reason to release a whole album of "indie" bands covering their songs and I'm gonna have to say this is the worst concept for a record I've ever heard. Why on earth would I want to listen to Boys Night Out butchering mediocre songs? What do you think the odds are that someone who likes Boys Night Out likes Counting Crows? I maybe wrong but I'm gonna go with REAL FUCKIN SLIM.

BrandonSideleau (January 18, 2005)

What I heard of the Counting Crows blew worse than almost anything Ive ever heard, and these bands, judging from the descriptions, don't make them any better. Wow....bad bands covering songs by bad bands and paying tribute to bad bands.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

how the fuck are any of these bands indie?

wannabepunktony (January 18, 2005)

Good review. I like the song by song breakdown since this is a cover album and it helps let me know if enough people got it right or wrong to warrent a purchase. But if this was a normal album, that type of review doesn't work as well.

I'm a big Crows fan too, so I will be picking this up soon!

Anchors (January 18, 2005)

Since nobody else has adressed the actual review here, I will.

Oh and, Arthur, you're about as far from clever as I've ever seen (Chinatown) Give up.

You gave a clear, concise view of the album, and anybody should be able to gauge whether or not they want to buy this buy what you said. But at the same time, the song-by-song review style isn't my favorite. Reviews tend to work better in a flowing format. But that's only my two cents. Overall, I liked it.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

I guess they're trying to somehow make the usually unbearable Counting Crows tolerable or something...

-BSD

gladimnotemo (January 18, 2005)

Well then. This site has reached a new low.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

A bunch of punk bands, that aren't really punk bands, contributing covers to one of the worst alternative bands of the 90s...

notfeelingcreative (January 18, 2005)

I prefer the counting crows over any of these bands.

BEAARTHUR (January 18, 2005)

"You should enjoy the tribute if you're a fan of the CC"

Well, we should really spread the word then. Does anyone know where we'd find a counting crows fan?

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

You should enjoy the tribute if you're a fan of the CC. Great poppy tunes.

The score's for the reviewer's girlfriend.

BEAARTHUR (January 18, 2005)

I can't wait for the review of the Maroon 5 tribute.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Yeah, as Sickboi said, that chart on the Catch 22 review is j-j-j-jacked up. Somebody fix it please.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

wow. terrible bands covering a terrible band. seriously, i don't get this bullshit.

sickboi (January 18, 2005)

Where the hell is the Stretch Arm Strong cover? That's one of the best covers of any band I have ever heard...

inagreendase (January 18, 2005)

Any band who does some sort of variety of screaming normally (Boys Night Out, BBTAM) leaves it out here, thankfully. BNO's contribution seems like a premonition of their upcoming album, though; really slowed down, fleshed-out instrumentals and parts.

The Bayside song is really good, their vocals have improved more and more since that shitty split they put out.

The Punchline one is actually pretty decent until they start playing power chords...cheese to the max.

And the Rocket Summer vocals? Easily the biggest whine I've heard in a loooooong time.

Still not quite sure what to think overall, though.

sickboi (January 18, 2005)

Who put the chart on the Catch 22 review? It fucked the whole layout up.

Anchors (January 18, 2005)

I've never heard Number One Fan, but if they ruined 'Holiday In Spain,' I'm not going to be a happy guy.

The only band on here I would want to listen to is As Tall As Lions. Score's for them.

Cos (January 18, 2005)

I hated most of the "grunge/MTV alternative" scene of the early 90's, and Counting Crows was one of the worst. Boring psuedo-hippy music for stoners and kids in flannel who thought they were intellectuals. That they have a tribute from a bunch of boring indie bands--I know this because they were kind enough to put "Indie" in the title--further illustrates this.

--Cos

Jesse (January 18, 2005)

Counting Crows write some good songs. Why would I want to hear such terrible, terrible bands play them?

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