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Counting Crows "GNE" VS Son Volt "Exiles"
« on: November 03, 2009, 05:04:39 PM »
Yesterday I finally got around to listening to the new album from Son
Volt called American Central Dust. It's not as good as there debut album Trace but it's still pretty good. Anyway I get to track 09 which is a song called Exiles. The minute the notes began to make there way through my speaker I go OMG! WTF! That's the Counting Crows. He stole a Crows song. That's GNE. Just to make sure my mind was not playing tricks on me I played it for some friends and asked them to tell me if the following reminds them of any other song and they all did the same thing. I then did a quick Google search and came up with the following. Check it out for yourself. Click on the link to listen to a 30 sec sample. Trust me that's all you need. I wonder if the Crows new about this and what they think about it. On a sort of funny side note I noticed that the drummer on the album is Dave Bryson. I doubt it's the same Bryson but it made me laugh.

http://www.stereosubversion.com/feature ... 7-21-2009/

Internal Debate: Son Volt
Features • Tuesday July 21st, 2009 • 12:00 am

In one of our more somber Internal Debates ever, we turn to the latest
from Jay Farrar and company called American Central Dust. The new Son
Volt disc receives the praise of many in the mainstream media, but as
we turned to our own Staff Writers, we found a mostly
less-than-impressed cacophony of responses. So from “one of the
biggest disappointments of the year” to “a low-end addition to the Son
Volt discography,” we present our Internal Debate on American Central
Dust:

Son Volt’s American Central Dust, for the most part, provides what
fans of Jay Farrar and company have offered for years – straightfoward
alt-country which maintains a strong sense of what made Uncle Tupelo
sound so timeless. Problem is, some of these songs retread the ground
of past recordings, and not just former Son Volt tracks. “Exiles,” the
worst offender, is almost a note-for-note re-write of Counting Crows’
“Goodnight Elizabeth,” to the point where both could be laid atop each
other and sound like carbons. Sure, history repeats (a popular theme
within the album) but it shouldn’t be quite so blatant. That alone
sours the experience, making American Central Dust far harder to
swallow than it should be. [Jonathan Sanders]

The much maligned The Search actually made my top ten of 2007, despite
it’s lesser moments. Hailed as a comeback to the Trace sound that
endeared Son Volt to many alt.country fans, American Central Dust
actually comes across as more of a cross between that album’s more
appalachian moments and The Search’s more polished pop music. That
would be fine if it didn’t fall into The Search’s more
middle-of-the-road tendencies—-namely rambling vocal performances by
Farrar, lyrics that are a bit too cryptic, and repetitious songs
stifled further by somewhat bland production. There’s some definite
good here though—-”Dynamite” is a pretty tune with some bad ass
accordion, “Pushed Too Far” and “Exiles” are quality forlorn country
songs, and “Cocaine and Ashes” is as great a Keith Richards tribute as
any. A low-end addition to the Son Volt discography where you have to
sift a bit for the good stuff, but those who jones for the twang will
find it worthwhile. [Anthony Saggese]

Nobody expresses hopelessness and regret quite like Son Volt. And if
the music doesn’t look back in tears, it stalls with inertia, as on
“When the Wheels Don’t Move.” Son Volt can still pile on crying steel
guitar, exemplified by “Pushed Too Far,” but there is also more
keyboard than usual here – “Sultana” is a piano ballad and “No Turning
Back” even includes organ. So feel free to have a nice cry with Son
Volt. [Dan MacIntosh]

There are two great songs on Son Volt’s American Central Dust: the
first two songs on the album. “Dynamite” and “Down to the Wire” are
vintage Son Volt; one a sweeping acoustic number and the other a
mid-tempo rocker with Jay Farrar’s baritone front and center. The rest
of the album plods along from one indistinguishable tune to the next,
until they disappear into the background—a place Farrar seems too
comfortable inhabiting. As far as I’m concerned, Son Volt has released
one of the biggest disappointments this year. [Scott Elingburg]

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Counting Crows "GNE" VS Son Volt "Exiles"
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 04:11:31 AM »
Please don't double post. Discussion has already started in this post http://www.crows-town.com/showthread.php?t=3919
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