04:53 AM on 01/12/12
Hello Kyle, this is Superman.
Although I would agree that this album is a classic, I wouldn't actually say it's their best. I personally think This Desert Life is the better album as (as you mention is a problem on this album) it's nowhere near as downbeat. Although they still manage to retain those powerful crows sad songs they've also got some great upbeat tunes (hanginaround, mrs. potter's lullaby, four days, st. robinson in his cadillac dream). It's just extremely consistent and heavy on atmosphere, it feels like an off-the-cuff recording; a band in a room jamming and recording it straight to tape (true rock 'n roll). Except I will say that Colourblind is it's massive blip on an otherwise immaculate tracklist.
I'd also say that Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings is far and away their worst album. The first half is way too aggressive for a band with an average age of 45 and feels slightly forced. Whilst the second half is way too saccharin and self-indulgent. Basically they took their two best elements (rock 'n' roll and emotion), separated them and then took them to their extremes for the worse.
I'm really hoping for another Crows album this year which is more in-keeping with TDL and AAEA. Although another Recovering The Satellites or even Hard Candy would be fine too as both those albums contained some solid tracks but then also some shitters.