los angeles is such a jam... i was so glad to see ryan adams involved with this record. not really feeling the second half either though.. i was bummed when i found out that the idea was to separate the album into an energetic half and a mellow half. if the tracklisting was a little more balanced i think i'd like it a little bit more
You know, I really can't argue that the "Saturday Nights" section of the album is really where the Crows shine on this release. However, after repeat listening, "Sunday Mornings" has REALLY grown on me. It might seem like a rather dull contrast to the hardrocking on the first half of the album, but when you can come to really appreciate it on it's own its pretty amazing. Probably one of my favorite releases so far this year.
By the way, "On a Tuesday..." is probably one of the most honest, heartfelt Crows songs that Duritz has ever written. Beautiful.
Solid review. I've listened to it twice through, but was doing stuff so I think I need to sit down with it and commit myself to giving it a full listen. "Los Angeles" and "Hanging Tree" did stand out to me. Likewise, I surprised at how hard 1492 was...caught me off guard.