Both bands have – in my opinion – put out lackluster albums since their “glory days” during the mid-90s. And they both have struggled to reclaim their musical identity for the better part of the last decade. And now they both are back with a vengeance. It’s like 1995 all over again!
I put a single from each album on my Muxtape so you can witness the resurrection for yourselves. (See how I worked that in there!) Here are my brief reviews:
Counting Crows – Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings: This is actually more like a split EP than a full length album. It’s broken into two parts, and each part had a different producer. Saturday Nights is loud, raucous and gritty; everything I loved about Recovering the Satellites. Sunday Mornings is stripped down, gentle and more textured. Both are solid and almost make me want to forgive them for releasing Hard Candy.
R.E.M. – Accelerate: Let me just put it this way. When I listened to this album with Josiah we had a dancin’ party. When’s the last time R.E.M. made you want to dance? It’s loud, it’s fast and it’s by far the best thing they’ve put out since Monster.