Recovering the Satellites - Counting Crows

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Recovering the Satellites - Counting Crows

Alternative - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Geffen - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 01/10/1996, 10/1996 - 720642497524

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Review of "Recovering the Satellites - Counting Crows"

published 20/02/2002 | edd101
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"recovering the satellites"

Recovering the satellites is the second album from counting crows. Counting crows have a very unique style, you really cannot but your finger on it, its not quite country, but its not quite rock and its not quite punk. The best way to describe it is Beefed up classical rock, which you can listen to what ever mood that you may be in.

The album its self is very good with some amazing guitaring and packed with lyrics which really do have a meaning and quite often make you think.

The case for the album is a dark green with what looks like a shooting star which is hung up between to buildings and the counting crows logo printed on the top. The track names on the back of the album are very small and kind of hard to read, although you can read the track titles on the inlay.

The inlay of the album is truly outstanding. It has all the lyrics etc printed on top of photos of the band. It looks really smart and is very easy to read.

The originality of the lyrics are amazing. Each song has a meaning which is really good, compared to all this pop which is around at the moment in which the lyrics have very little meaning. Some of the lyrics in certain songs really are thought provoking and make you think. But one things for sure and that is that counting crows really do sit down and think about what they are going to sing.

The guitaring is generally very basic and accompanies the singing quietly, but there are also some brilliant guitar solos and in certain parts the guitaring is very well played and it sounds amazing.

The drums are very basic through nearly all the songs, they really just hold a steady beat all the way through, however in certain songs the drumming Is much more random.

In the songs they also have other instruments featured. Such as piano and violin. The violins are quite good, although not used to there full potential, but they do add a nice touch. AS for the pianoeist, well its dam right amazing, it all fits in really nicely and it sounds really good.

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1)Catapult:
This song is a brilliant opening track for the album. It starts off with some kind of wind based instrument solo(although it could be done on a keyboard).The bass guitar then follows along with a nice steady drum beat.

The drumming in this song is really quite basic, but it is tied in so well with the music that it sounds very good. The drum beat is a long steady prominent one all the way through the song.

The guitaring at the beginning of the song is basic bass. The bass guitar is used a lot in this song and is very prominent, It often accompanies the singing and drumming without the use of any other guitar. The entire song really is bass guitar all the way through, although saying that there is a excellent (normal) guitar solo in the middle of the song.

This lyrics in this song really are thought provoking. At the beginning of the song the lyrics are soft and quietly sung, however towards the end of the song the lyrics become more louder and more prominent. This song is sung in quite a whiny sad voice, however this does not make much difference to the overall quality of the song. The song seems to be about wanting to be with someone and wanting to do everything with them and for them.

In general I would say that this song is a very basic one, but never the less it is still a very enjoyable one and a great way to start off the album. It puts you in the mood for the next song which is……….

2)Angels Of The Silences:
Wow is the best way to describe this song. It is very well played punk music and it sounds incredible on any surround sound system.(The song is still very good on any other stereo but in surround sound it will blow you mind).
The guitaring is totally amazing. It really does show how much potential the guitarists have. You know what punk guitaring sounds like, we all do, its just really hard to describe. In the middle there is some really good guitaring which is only accompanied by the drums. This song really does demonstrate how good the guitarists are.

The songs drumming is also amazing, the drums really are played very well and when it is mixed with the also superb guitaring you get a master piece. The song has no particular beat, just punk style improvisation. The drumming is truly amazing in this song.

The lyrics are amazing, they really do have a meaning and make you think which is unusual in a song of this style. The bloke who is singing has a great accent which fits in really well with the song. I would go as far to say that these are the best lyrics that I have heard in a punk song.

To sum it up I would say that this song is truly amazing and will be enjoyed by near enough everyone who listens to it, as it is so lively and fun. I reckon if they released this song into the charts it would do very well. A great song.

3)Daylight Fading
This song has a very strange style, it is like country music, but with a more rocky chorus.

The guitars are the first thing that you here at the beginning of the song. The guitar tempo frequently goes up and down. There is very little bass guitaring in this song, it makes no difference in the quality of the music it is just more high pitched. There is a amazing guitar solo in the middle of the song which sounds great.

The drums hold a nice steady beat all the way through. In the chorus thought the drumming tempo does go up a little. The drumming fits in really well with the rest of the music.

Because of the accent of the lead singer in this song, the lyrics sound quite high pitched and squeaky, although this does not really matter as the singing fits in really well with all the other instruments. The lyrics in this song are not really thought provoking, but never the less they still have a meaning. The song seems to be about going away and leaving a lot of people behind and surprise surprise its also about daylight fading!

This song is a very unusual style, which is what makes the song so good. A very good song!

4)I’m not sleeping:
Iam not to keen on this song myself, as in certain places it does seem to drag on a bit. The drums are quite good though………..

At the beginning the guitaring is quite loud, and during the chorus it retains the high volume. However during the singing the guitaring drops off to just a thew chords every now and again and it is barely noticeable.

The drumming is very prominent all the way through. The beat drops to a slow and steady one during singing, but it soon becomes loud and obvious again in the chorus. Not a particularly interesting beat, it has to be said!.

There is quite loud and prominent violining at the beginning of the song. But its soon drops off until the middle of the song where there are really quick continuous strokes. At the end of the song the violining picks up a tune again and finishes off the song. The violining is not particularly good in this song.

This song is not bad, but it is not good.

5)Goodnight Elizabeth:
This is quite a good song, which has some brilliant acoustic guitaring in it.

The song has a brilliant opening solo on the electric guitar, which is soon followed with a acoustic guitar solo. The bass guitar accompanies the singing during the verses of the song and during the chorus the acoustic guitar accompanies the singing. At the end there is a section of brilliant electric guitaring.

The drums follows a slow steady beat which speeds up slightly at the chorus. Nothing much to say about the drumming really!

Until the end of the song the lyrics are sung in a nice slow and steady manor, at the end of the song they speed up a bit and are shouted rather than sung! The lyrics and singing style fit in quiet nicely with the instruments and it sounds quite good. To tell you the truth I’m not really sure what the song is about, I can only state the obvious and that is that it is about saying goodbye to someone called Elizabeth!

During the song there is also the odd bit of pianoeing, which is really quite basic and not that noticeable, but saying that it does add a nice touch. In the middle of the song there are also a thew strokes on the violin, but they might Aswell not be there!

This song is quite good, although it is a bit repetitive in places.

6)Children In Bloom:
Wow, this song is amazing. It contains amazing guitaring drumming and even more amazing lyrics and singing.

Both the guitars start the song off with a great mix of bass and normal electric guitaring. The guitaring in this song is quite loud and in your face all the way through. The tune stays the same all the way through, although saying that at the end the tune completely changes for a great bit of solo guitaring.

This song contains some of the most thought provoking and meaningful lyrics that I have ever heard in a song(yes they are very good). The lyrics are sung really well and they fit in really well with the other instruments. The lyrics are truly amazing!

The drumming is also very good. It has a varying beat all the way through the song and it ties in really well with the other instruments.

This song really does contain the most thought provoking and meaningful lyrics that I have heard in a song. The guitaring in the song is also outstanding along with the drumming! A great song.

7)Have You Seen Me Lately?:
This is another very good song, not as good as children in bloom. But still very good.

The song starts off with some amazing guitaring and the amazing guitaring continues all the way through the song. The song mixes the two different types of guitar very well. The song has some brilliant guitar solos.

The lyrics sound really good, they are very well thought out and they really do have a meaning. The big thing that lyrics down is that in some places they are way to loud and they block out the sound of the drums and the guitaring.

The drumming (when you can hear it) is very good. I say "when you can hear it" because it is drowned out by the very loud vocals. It would be better if the drums were a bit more prominent.

This song is a very good one, but still it is let down by the loudness of the lyrics

8)Millers Angels:
This is a really nice slow and gentle song.

This song is one of the few that have frequent pianoeing in them. The piano is very prominent at certain points in the song and it is played very well.

There is very little guitaring in the song and it starts and stops frequently. Really there are just a few strokes on the guitar every now and again. When the guitars are played they accompany the piano quite well.

In this song the drumming is quite prominent and it accompanies the piano very well. The drums hold the same steady beat all the way through.

The lyrics sung in a really nice slow manor, which sounds very good. The lyrics seem to be sad and lonely and they seem to tell a story.

The song has some really good pianoeing in and it is very nice to see a song which has very little guitaring.

9)Another Horse Dreamers Blues:
This song has a brilliant style which I cannot really describe. It also has some brilliant lyrics!

The lyrics in this song are very good and were obviously well thought out. The lyrics are sung in a slow steady manor, however towards the end of the song they do become a bit louder.

There is some very good guitaring in this song. The guitaring is really quiet gentle, but it does get a bit louder towards the end or in the chorus.

There is a little violining in this song, But it is very basic and to tell the truth I would not notice a difference if they were not there.

Unless Iam trying to hear the drumming in this song I do not notice it, its definitely there, its just not loud enough.

The song has some brilliant lyrics, but in general Iam not to keen on it.

10)Recovering The Satellite:
This is the title track of the album, it has a slow steady beat.

This song has some really good guitaring in it. At the beginning of the song it is quite soft and gentle but then it becomes louder and then quieter again and so on.

At the begging of the song the drumming is not really noticeable, although at the end of the song the drumming becomes louder and more obvious.

The lyrics I very well sang and you can tell that they have a meaning……….i just cannot figure out what the meaning is! But it still sounds very good.

The song has some really good guitaring and lyrics in it, although I find it a bit boring in some places. Its in a good position in the album though.

11)Monkey:
This is a brilliant song. All the instruments played in the song are very good.

The guitaring is very good. Its basic. But it fits in really well. The guitaring is not continuos and it stops and starts frequently. The guitaring sounds very good.

There is pianoeing in this song and it sounds very good and it is played very well. The piano is played all the way through the song the volume of it fades in and out but you ca always here it. It sounds really good.

The drumming in the song sounds really good and it fits in really well, it is just not really that prominent.

The song is a nice lively and short one. Its very good.

12)Mercury:
Iam not really to keen on this song, as I think the tune is really dodgey and the lyrics are not the usual top notch style.

To be quite frank I think that the lyrics are boring!

There is a harmonica used as I form of backing music in this song and it is really annoying because it is so squeaky!

I cannot really say much about the guitaring as I cannot hear it over the harmonica. From what I can picky out the guitaring sounds very basic.

The drumming in this song is very basic, like in most songs. But in ‘MOST’ songs the drumming ties in so well with the other instruments you do not really care, Not this song!

I really do not like this song. It Is basic and boring.

13)Long December
This song is a really good way to slow down the mood of the album before the last outro type song.

The song starts off with some brilliant piano playing. Which is kept up all the way through the song and it sounds great.

There is harmonica playing in this song and unlike the last song with a harmonica in it, it sounds quite good and it fits in really well with all the other instruments.

There is some very good guitaring I this song. They normally hold a nice steady tune, but at certain points they burst out into really good solos.

The lyrics in this song are great. They are very well thought out and they make you feel happy! The lyrics are sung in a really nice way.

This is one of the best songs on the album and it puts you in the mood for the outro style song………

14)Walkaways:
This is a brilliant way to finish the album off. It is basically singing accompanied by acoustic guitar.

The guitar is played really really well and it fits in really well with the singing.

To tell you the truth I have no idea what the song is about, but it sounds great and is a brilliant way to finish the album!

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This album has a very long shelf time as it really is a timeless classic. I have had it for a couple of years now and I listen to it at least once a week. It really is a brilliant album!

I would conclude that the album is really really good and will be enjoyed by many people as the album has songs in it which everyone will like and now you can buy it dirt cheap when you buy it off he net, so you have no excuses for not buying it. Go get it now!

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  • hotrodkzn published 18/02/2004
    Another brilliant review.
  • Mouldy_Cheese published 18/04/2002
    I have two other Crows albs - this will be next.
  • MRSCANADA published 04/04/2002
    Haven't heard of this group..so I'll have to trust you..LL
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Alternative - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Geffen - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 01/10/1996, 10/1996 - 720642497524

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