Sound — 10
Counting Crows is back after 5 years without releasing any studio album, and no comeback could have been better than this one: a 2-CD set divided clearly into two halves, named Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings. The first part, Saturday Nights, is full of dark, angry songs, that reflect all those feelings that Adam Duritz has deep inside of him. The three guitars, the piano, nd the drums show bitterness in just the right ammount, with furious riffs that leave your mind full of that power that CC's second album, Recovering the Satellites, had showcased back in the 90's. Some songs, such as Cowboys, have an intrincate complexity that is achieved with various layers of well-performed music. Sunday Mornings, on the other side, is more of an acoustic set, but this does not mean they unplugged their electric guitars and played the songs. This half is full of delicate instrumentation, and is more melodic than the first one; nevertheless, some of the songs have a faster beat, and some others, such as the first single "You can't Count On Me" or "Come Around" return to the electric guitars and rock the hell out of everybody.
Lyrics — 9
Duritz Lyrics are as tortured and angst-filled as always, but he somehow manages to avoid making they sound repetitive. He still puts as much or more emotion into the singing as when he was younger, and the lyrics really suit the music. Some phrases still remain strange to me, such as "Shes A Carnival-Diver" (what the heck is that supposed to mean?) from On A Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, Saturday Nights is a little better than Sunday Mornings, but the whole album is a true masterpiece that deserves to be remembered and it is at the same level as August And Everything After or Recovering the Satellites, though this will be hard to admit for most CC fans, that have those great, great albums buried deep inside their mind, heart and soul. Cowboys is one of the best songs on the first half and Ballet D'Or is one of the most complex songs out of both halves, and shows the versatility the Crows have managed to accomplish through their long carrier. I would definitely get this album again if I lost it! Get this album. You wont be disappointed and you will find it was truly worth the waiting. I know I did.