Monday, September 12, 2005

Wasted talent

On my way to work this evening, my auditory senses were assaulted by the song, "Accidentally In Love," that puppy dogs-and-ice-cream piece of kindergarten tripe produced by the Counting Crows for the Shrek 2 soundtrack.

It reminded me of how fucking disappointed I am in that band.

Their first two albums -- "August and Everything After" and "Recovering the Satellites" -- unmasked so much potential, with songs like the brooding "Rain King" and the classic "Mr. Jones." The Counting Crows offered a fresh and distinct sound at a time when grunge had overrun the airspace.

Those albums must have drained Adam Duritz and company of all creativity, because their follow-up efforts lacked much compelling material. Stooping to pop garbage like "Accidentally In Love" cemented their plunge.

It was the worst song of 2004, and an insult to their talents.

So wretched, in fact, that it reached back in time and tainted their previous work. Now, I cannot even revisit their better songs without simultaneously pondering how musicians who blended folk and hard rock into such a unique and melodic sound could also offer such crap.



At 8:19 AM, Blogger Dan said...

I think you're being a tad harsh. Many bands have written offensive material after their prime has passed. Should I question the brilliance of "She's Leaving Home" because Paul McCartney went on to write "Silly Love Songs" about ten years later.

Should I revisit the first 17 years of the Rolling Stones' career because in the last 24 years they've written music that is, at best, mediocre, and at worst, awful?

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Pete said...

There's a difference between plain 'ol awful material and that "Accidentally In Love" slop, which might be the worst song written in the last decade, contending with Puddle of Mudd's "She Fucking Hates Me."

The difference is that my reaction to bad music is to turn it off. My reaction to AIL is similiar to what happens to Kramer when he hears the voice of Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight.

And while we're on the topic of icons taking a meteoric plunge, Dennis Miller (whom you mentioned on another comment) is so unfunny now, I can barely recognize him.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger jeffro said...

i recall hearing how the director (though some were incredulous) called adam duritz and asked him to write a happy song for the movie - senor duritz was a bit skeptical, but he ended up grunting out "accidentally in love," apparently much to your chagrin

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At 7:07 PM, Blogger J.P. said...

I found your blog by searching for "Accidentally in Love" and "worst song". I still love Counting Crows, but, yes, there are songs sung on American Idol that are better than that crap.

If you want to rediscover your love for the band, though, go pick up "Across a Wire: Live in New York". It's the band's best material played better than it ever was captured on the first two albums. Get that and you can toss out everything else.


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