Berkeley band Counting Crows remain firmly ensconced in my top bands close to my heart, having soundtracked a good portion of my life. They are planning to release their fifth studio album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings on March 25 through Geffen/Interscope. As previously mentioned, the two-part album is divided into the louder and fiercer “Saturday Nights” first half which was produced by Gil Norton (The Pixies/Foo Fighters), and the acoustic “Sunday Mornings” finish with Brian Deck overseeing the controls (Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse).
Adam Duritz (who has recently lost 50 lbs and is looking good) shared some thoughts about the album: “[It's] about dissolution and disintegration. It’s about when Saturday night happens and you lose all sense of yourself. And it’s about when you wake up Sunday morning and look back at the wreck you’ve made of your life and you think, ‘How can I possibly fix this? How can I ever climb out of this hole?’ And then you start to try and climb.”
He also notes, “Our album may not have much redemption in the end but we got all the sin I could live with and at least an attempt to try for something better.”
. . . for your Saturday night:
1492 – Counting Crows
. . . and your Sunday morning:
When I Dream of Michelangelo – Counting Crows
That last tune is certainly an interesting one, whole-cloth revisiting and reincorporating a lyric and a sentiment from another one of my favorite tunes, “Angels of the Silences” from 1996′s Recovering the Satellites.
From a personal standpoint, the sensual strength of his figures and his surprising use of color make Michelangelo my all-time favorite artist. My best semester ever included taking a breathtakingly in-depth course on all of his known works while I was studying abroad in Florence. Therefore, I’ve always smiled wider at that lyric, “I dream of Michelangelo when I’m lying in my bed,” than any other one because that action and that thought is one of the best feelings ever — because I’ve done it. I never thought I’d hear that line again in a new song. I am excited about this album, hoping for really amazing things that I know they are capable of.