Notes: A deluxed edition was released in 2007 that added six demos to the original track listing and a second CD of thirteen live songs from the last show of the August and Everything After tour.
August and Everything After
“When the prevailing guitar jingle of Mr. Jones cascaded over radio in the early ‘90s, it was a sure sign that the Counting Crows were a musical force to be reckoned with. Their debut album, August and Everything After, burst at the seams with both dominant pop harmonies and rich, hearty ballads, all thanks to lead singer Adam Duritz” (DeGagne).
“The lone guitar work of ‘Mr. Jones’ coupled with the sweet, in-front pull of Duritz’s voice kicked off the album in full force. The starkly beautiful and lonely sounding Round Here captured the band’s honest yet subtle talent for singing ballads, while Omaha is lyrically reminiscent of a Springsteen tune. The fusion of hauntingly smooth vocals with such instruments as the Hammond B-3 organ and the accordion pumped new life into the music scene, and their brisk sound catapulted them into stardom” (DeGagne).
“On Rain King, the piano takes over as its aloof flair dances behind Duritz with elegant crispness. The slower-paced Raining in Baltimore paints a perfectly gray picture and illustrates the band’s ease at conveying mood by eliminating the tempo” (DeGagne).
“Most of the songs here engage in overly contagious hooks that won’t go away, making for a solid bunch of tunes. Containing the perfect portions of instrumental and vocal conglomeration, the Counting Crows showed off their appealing sound to its full extent with their very first album.” (DeGagne).