Hard Candy (Counting Crows album)

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Hard Candy
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Studio album by Counting Crows
Released July 8, 2002 (2002-07-08)
Genre Alternative rock, jangle pop
Length 59:30
Label Geffen
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Counting Crows chronology
This Desert Life
(1999)This Desert Life1999
Hard Candy
(2002)
Films About Ghosts (The Best Of...)
(2003)Films About Ghosts (The Best Of...)2003
Singles from Hard Candy
  1. "American Girls"
    Released: June 18, 2002
  2. "Miami"
    Released: July 9, 2002
  3. "Big Yellow Taxi"
    Released: January 14, 2003
  4. "If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)"
    Released: June 3, 2003
  5. "Holiday in Spain"
    Released: June 7, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(69/100) [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Blender3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB− [3]
PopMatters8/10 stars [1][4]
Q3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [5]
Spin(6/10) [1]
Stylus MagazineD+ [6]
Uncut3.5/5 stars [1]
USA Today3/4 stars [7]

Hard Candy is the fourth studio album by Counting Crows, released in the United Kingdom on June 7, 2002 and the following day in the United States.

The album features the hidden track "Big Yellow Taxi", a Joni Mitchell cover. This was one of their biggest radio hits from the album; re-releases were revised to mention the song. Originally the song did not include Vanessa Carlton and the standard version caught the ear of a producer who added it to the movie Two Weeks Notice adding Carlton's voice to the track. This version topped the VH-1 charts and American Top 40 for a while.[citation needed] A new version of the song "Holiday in Spain", recorded as a duet in two languages, turning into a "round" before the final choruses with the Dutch band BLØF, became a #1 hit in the Netherlands.

Reception[edit]

Reviews hailed the album as the best release since their debut, with the albums of the mid-1990s being "long, and drawn out", likely due to Duritz' state of mind at that time, one reviewer happily announced that, "Hard Candy is crisp and tight, packed with three- and four-minute shots of radio friendly fare", and that during a time when hard rock is the standard, the band are not afraid of a sound that is in the title track, compared to the Byrds, and with its "Allman-esque" twin guitars, echoes The Band in "If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)".[8] The album has received a score of 69 out of 100 based on "generally favorable reviews" from Metacritic.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Adam F. Duritz unless otherwise indicated. The song "Big Yellow Taxi" was written by Joni Mitchell, who is credited in the liner notes with the passage "May contain trace amounts of Joni Mitchell"

  1. "Hard Candy" (Duritz, Daniel J. Vickrey, Charles Gillingham) – 4:20
  2. "American Girls" – 4:32
  3. "Good Time" – 4:24
  4. "If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)" (Duritz, Vickrey, David Immerglück, Gillingham, Matt Malley) – 3:52
  5. "Goodnight L.A." – 4:17
  6. "Butterfly in Reverse" (Duritz, Ryan Adams, Gillingham) – 2:48
  7. "Miami" (Duritz, Gillingham, Immerglück) – 5:01
  8. "New Frontier" – 3:51
  9. "Carriage" – 4:04
  10. "Black and Blue" – 3:53
  11. "Why Should You Come When I Call?" (Duritz, Gillingham) – 4:38
  12. "Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood)" – 5:07
  13. "Holiday in Spain" – 3:50
  14. "Big Yellow Taxi" (Joni Mitchell) – 3:47 [Original issue hidden track]
2006 revised edition
  1. "4 White Stallions" (Jeff Trott, Vickrey, Patrick Winningham) – 4:21
  2. "Big Yellow Taxi" (Single Version, featuring Vanessa Carlton) (Mitchell) – 3:47
United Kingdom release
  1. "4 White Stallions" (Jeff Trott, Vickery, Patrick Winningham) – 4:21
  2. "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) – 8:43
  3. "Big Yellow Taxi" (Joni Mitchell) – 3:47 [Original issue hidden track]
United Kingdom 2003 re-release
  1. "4 White Stallions" (Jeff Trott, Vickery, Patrick Winningham) – 4:21
  2. "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) – 3:44
  3. "Big Yellow Taxi" (Single Version, featuring Vanessa Carlton) (Mitchell) – 3:47
Japanese release
  1. "4 White Stallions" (Jeff Trott, Vickrey, Patrick Winningham) – 4:21
  2. "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) – 3:44
  3. "Start Again" (Norman Blake)  – 3:34
  4. "Big Yellow Taxi" (Mitchell) – 3:47 [Original issue hidden track]
Japanese 2003 re-release
  1. "4 White Stallions" (Jeff Trott, Vickrey, Patrick Winningham) – 4:21
  2. "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) – 3:44
  3. "Start Again" (Norman Blake)  – 3:34
  4. "Big Yellow Taxi" (Single Version, featuring Vanessa Carlton) (Mitchell) – 3:47

Personnel[edit]

Counting Crows
Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 5[citation needed]
UK Albums Chart 9[citation needed]
Australian Albums Chart 13[citation needed]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
2002 "American Girls" Hot Adult Top 40 24[citation needed]
UK Singles Chart 33[citation needed]
"Big Yellow Taxi" UK Singles Chart 16[citation needed]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[10] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Gold 152,990[12]
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 711,000[14]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Critic Reviews for Hard Candy". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ PopMatters review
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  6. ^ Stylus Magazine review Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ USA Today review
  8. ^ O'Hare, Kevin (2007). "Counting Crows Hard Candy". Pearson Education. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  10. ^ THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Counting Crows – Hard Candy". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Hard Candy in the search field and then press Enter.
  12. ^ "Key Releases: 29.03.08". Music Week. HighBeam Research. 29 March 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Counting Crows – Hard Candy". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  14. ^ "Counting Crows Rouse Old 'Ghosts'". Billboard. 30 October 2003. Retrieved 20 April 2018. 

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