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Counting Crows
Recovering The Satellites


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jet Black Stare USER (5 Reviews)
January 15th, 2005 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


1.) Catapult
Starts off with a weird little melody then some a distorted guitar strum can be heard and the melody continues then the guitar, drums, and vocals kick in "All of a sudden she disapears...just yesterday she was here" a great song to start off an awesome album. My favourite line from the song is "Wanna be scattered but here in this catapult" the chorus of the song is strong, it shows of Adam's powerful voice and it's the loudest part of the song the guitar kicks into distortion and strums heavily. This is one of my favourite songs on the album. Has a nice little solo near the end of the song.
5/5

2.) Angels of the Silences
One of the few uptempo and "heavier" songs on the album. Not saying it's heavy...its heavier then the rest of the songs on the album. The guitar fades in and quickly goes to the chorus. The first line "I guess you left me with some feathers in my hand, did it make it any easier to leave me where I stand?" This line suggest the song will not be to happy lyric wise and it generally isnt it. A nice solo that fits the song amazingly, then leads into a ten second bridge before it breaks into a loud bridge where Adam shows off his amazing voice. The song comes to an end with Adam yelling out "Im gone!"
4/5

3.) Daylight Fading
Kicks off with a catchy guitar melody which continues up until the verse starts up, the guitar turns then turns to a gentle strum in the back. As Adam's distinct voice kicks in, I love the chorus of this song it's easy to sing along to "Daylight fading come and waste another year All the the anger and the eloquence are bleeding into fear" the rythm of his voice in this song is awesome especially in that chorus, and in the verse after the solo my favourtie part of that verse is "But all the things I keep inside myself they vanish in the air If you tell me that youíll wait for me Iíll say I wonít be here" The guitar solo in the song is nice and melodic like all of their solo's, it give's a lot of energy to the song once it finished we go back to the verse then the chorus before the song ends. This is another one of my favourite songs on the album.
5/5

4.) Im Not Sleeping
The song starts out with guitar and drums building up with some string's in the background it does the build up twice then goes into a really slow chorus. In the chorus we hear the same build up from the intro then it goes back to the slow verse. A good song but not one of the best of the Counting Crows.
3.5/5

5.)Goodnight Elizabeth
A solid good song. It kicks off with a bluesy type guitar riff. Then we go into the verse "I was wasted in the afternoon..waiting on a train." I like the chorus in this song "Goodnight Elizabeth...goodnight elizabeth" The rythm of his voice is very good for the chorus. I like the second verse:

"We couldnít all be cowboys
So some of us are clowns
Some of us are dancers on the midway
We roam from town to town
I hope that everybody can find a little flame
Me, I say my prayers, then I just light myself on fire
And I walk out on the wire once again"

3.5/5

6.) Children In Bloom
This starts out with some weird guitar distortion sounds and some string instruments then the distortion fades out then fades back in with a catchy little rhythm riff behind it. I love the little pre chorus song "We are all alone...I gotta get up on my own I gotta get up from this waiting at home I gotta get out of this sunlight, its melting my bones." The rythm of that part is pretty catchy and awesome.
4/5

7.) Have you seen me lately
I do not like this version of the song at all, after hearing the life extremley slowed down acoustic version of it, this version is bad. It's not a bad song but if you hear the two the live one is a 5/5 this one is a 3/5. Ill describe it to you anyway...it kicks off with some distorted guitar strumming and the verse comes in "Get away from me...this isnt gonna be easy but I dont need you believe me." The chorus for the song is really catchy "I was out on the radio starting to change, somewhere out in the middle of america its starting to rain, can you tell me the things you remember about me, and oh have you seen me lately."
3/5

8.) Millers Angel's
This is one of the best tracks on the album, its one of the first piano based songs on the cd. It starts off quickly with the piano and followed by the words "Miller's angels in black and white" the song continues nice and slow and the rythm for the singing is amazing, I've said this in all the songs so far I think but this one i really mean. I love the part whent he piano gets stronger and the other instruments kick in and sings "Hey Ro-Me-O" Midway threw the song all the instruments play and Adam sings loudly "dont dont dont dont dont come around, dont come around here" then it goes back into the quiet verse. I really like this song...you can feel the emotion in Adam's voice as the song goes on.

9.) Another Horse Dreams Blues
AMAZING SONG!! Starts off with a catchy piano tune playing then Adam kicks in singing "Ba da...ba da da...ba da da da da da" for about ten seconds before he kicks into a beautifuly rhyming verse, the song has nice strings in the background making the song more powerful. You can really feel the emotion in Adam during this song. The song itself is about a girl who does everything for everyone but herself, she dreams of racing horses's but she's "trying to be a good girl...give em what they want...but Margerie's dreaming of horses." I love the louder part after the interlue my favourite line on this album and this song is "Shes trying to hit the big one for...Drunken Fathers, Stupid Mothers, and Boys who cant tell one girl from another!...so she takes her pills..." the song is just an amazing song. The instruments go perfectley with the singing it's an orchestra like song, I love it. Counting crows at their best.
5/5

10.) Recovering the satellites
The title track. Starts off with a guitar rythm lick that goes threw the verse... a very good song nice and soothing, I like the pre chorus part "maybe i slipped in between...we were gonna be the wildest, wildest, wildest people they ever seen...yes you an me" then it goes into the catchy chorus "whyd you come home to this sleepless town...its a lifetime commitment recovering the satellites all anybody really wants to know is..when are you gonna come down." I like this song :)
4.5/5

11.) Monkey
I love this song its a very happy song, it made me wanna find a girl I can call monkey haha. "All dressed up no place to go hey monkey when are you gonna show your face..." I love it...it's just an up tempo happy song.
5/5

12.) Mercury
A slow...country sounding song. The instruments sound country to me..I dont like this song...cause next to monkey it doesent seem very good. Not much to say about this song..it's pretty generic...
3/5

13.) A Long December
Awesome song! Probably Counting Crows second most popular song following Mr. Jones. Such an awesome song it's really catchy both the singing and the piano. "The smell of hospitals in winter and the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters and no pearls" ..."I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower..makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her" "I cant remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass" ..Counting Crows song writing at its best, once you hear it youll understand how good it is. The outro to the chorus is catchy as well na na na na..na na na na..."And its one more day up in the canyon..and its one more night in hollywood...its been so long since I seen the ocean...I guess I should"
5/5

14.) Walkaways
The last track of the cd...Starts off with a nice acoustic strumming with little leads in between...then the vocals kick in. This is a good song, the vocals go good over the acoustic. A nice way to end the cd...with a slow song and I think the first song to use an acoustic guitar on the cd. It's a short song...almost like a goodbye song. Only a minute and thirteeen seconds...it ends with saying "Someday Im gonna stay...but not today." then the song stops and the cd ends.

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Overall;
This is a great album, songs like Monkey, A Long December, Another Horse Dreamer's Blues, and Millers Angels show Counting Crows at their best. I recommend any fan who hasnt heard this CD to hear it, and anyone who's not a fan..but is a fan of soft alternative rock will like this cd.
4/5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Scott Herren
October 22nd 2004


192 Comments


Nice review. This is CC's best album. I agree with you on most songs, although I think Goodnight Elizabeth is worthy of a 4.5 or 5. My favorites are Catapult and Recovering the Satellites.

Jet Black Stare
October 22nd 2004


14 Comments


All we need now is somebody to review Hard Candy and we have all their studio albums. But i dont have hard candy I may review their greatest hits album.

Jet Black Stare
October 22nd 2004


14 Comments


Really...I like this desert life it has some amazing songs, like Mrs. Potters Lullabye, All My Friends, Colorblind and Hanging Around.

GibsonGuitarGuy
January 29th 2005


1 Comments


I love all three of their firsts (August and Everything After, Recovering the Sattelites, and This Desert Life). They all have their own points of brilliance that make me like each of them for different reasons. August has a great singer/songwriter vibe to it. Recovering is where they expanded their sound, and is overall a bit more mature--in Adam's lyrics, and the entire band's musicianship--some surprisingly good guitar solos, as well as some beautiful slide work. This Desert Life is kind of a combination of the two with brilliant songs combined with great instrumentation and playing. Hard Candy..........let's not go there....I just hope they get their act together before their next album.

nag*with*a*gun
April 25th 2006


420 Comments


who has across a wire? the live CD? I listened to that first and was really freaked when I heard the regular (dead haha) songs. They are moumentally better live.

The Door Mouse
June 27th 2006


2092 Comments


i dont like the fact that you didnt have an introduction and you just started with songs

locomergler37
October 30th 2009


1 Comments


see, that's what i don't get about this record, wherever i've seen someone talk about this record, they always point to another horsedreamer's blues as a standout track, in fact i once read a review that said it should have been the album's title, but they never seem to play it live, and i have all kinds of bootlegs from tons of shows. oh, and jet black, she's not dreaming about racing them, she's dreaming of winning a bet on a race. if you listen to the lyrics it's more or less about a girl's addiction to gambling and how it's destroying her life. it's actually a fairly dark song disguised by happy sounding chords.

if anyone know where to find a live recording of this song, please let me know.

BigHans
March 29th 2010


30957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of the greatest travesities in music is that "Walkaways" is only a minute long. Song is fucking gorgeous.

Athom
Emeritus
January 3rd 2011


17242 Comments


A Long December is one of the most underrated "New Years" songs

Veganpunk
January 13th 2011


10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My personal favorite by them. Another Horsedreamer ties into a trilogy of songs, I can't remember the other two off hand, but if I remember correctly, the other ones have never been released officially.

random
July 12th 2011


2947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Long December is beautiful.

BigHans
July 27th 2011


30957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

GOTTA RUSH AWAYYYYY



SHE SAIDDDDDDDDD



IVE BEEN TO BOSTON BEFORRRRRRRRRRRE

mandan
March 4th 2012


13461 Comments



i dont like the fact that you didnt have an introduction and you just started with songs


^This

thissiteisbroken
March 25th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i dont like the fact that you didnt have an introduction and you just started with songs





^This

random
June 20th 2012


2947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love "A Long December". It's so beautiful.

footballtrivia
February 5th 2015


308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have "Millers Angels" on repeat today

heylyla
September 15th 2016


130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

People go on and on about August, but this is a much stronger album IMO



Goodnight Elisabeth may be my favorite track in their discography

TedSchmosby
November 24th 2016


782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great winter album

jtswope
January 19th 2017


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Angels of the Silences and Children in Bloom rule. Favorite Counting Crows album easily.

TedSchmosby
January 19th 2017


782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

they really nailed the moody, dark sophomore album thing a lot of bands were doing around this time



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