About Counting Crows
"There are a million great songs written every day, many on records you discover that you wish your friends could appreciate as much as you do." That simple truth, courtesy of Adam Duritz, is as good a place as any to describe Counting Crows' Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation).
Underwater Sunshine is a collection of 15 gorgeously rendered songs in which the Bay Area seven-piece honors global icons (Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons), indie-pop heroes (Teenage Fanclub, Travis), compelling up-and-comers (Dawes, The Romany Rye, Kasey Anderson) and even their own seminal pre-Crows projects (Sordid Humor, Tender Mercies).
But no matter the artist, the Crows selected each song due to its merit, not its ubiquity. "You may or may not know these songs," Duritz concedes. "It wasn't an intentional theme, but it did sort of fall out that a lot of the songs on this record aren't well-known." The songs on Underwater Sunshine come from old bands and young, they stretch from the early '60s to earlier this year, and they were recorded for major labels, for indies and, in some cases, for just a few friends to hear.