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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 21, 2002

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Low fill
silences
By Joseph Genden
For the Daily

Aging Counting
Crows too reliable?

By Laurence J. Freedman
Daily Arts Writer

Courtesy of Rough Trade Records
Duluth's very own Low."

Midway through Low's
ance at Ferndale's Magic Bag
night, one audience membe
another across the room
unexceptional for any other
formance, the intrusion visib
ed the rest of the crow
crawling, whispered, mini
enveloped the audiencei
silences, and any distraction
ply unwelcome.
The Duluth trio tookt
unassumingly enough forr
notice; it wasn't until the fir
ful guitar notes of "(That's
Sing) Amazing Grace" fr
recent album, Trust rang
out that the crowd fell
silent. Low played with
a meditative determina-
tion accented by the
occasional subdued
freak-out.
Guitarist/vocalist
Alan Sparhawk alternat-
ed between gently
thumbing his telecaster and
on the strings, while bassist
and drummer/vocalist Mimi
up solid landmarks between
pauses. Sparhawk and Parke

perform-

g Saturday " austere vocal harmonies translated
r yelled to perfectly to the stage, where the two
. Though voices seemed to cling to each other
rock per- for warmth over the chill of the instru-
)ly offend- mentation. Despite the occasional
d. Low's ambient noise, the venue's sound was
nal dirges pristine and well mixed, -with only
in fragile Parker's drums sometimes lacking the
was sim- power of the studio recordings.
Low took most of the concert's
the stage material from Trust, filling out the set
no one to with a contemplative cover of Pink
rst mourn- Floyd's "Fearless" along with a brief
How You detour into Prince's "Purple Rain"
rom their during "Over the Ocean" from Low's
1996 album The Cur-
m tain Hits the Cast. The
set was well designed,
Low moving between muted
extremes: quiet to
At the Magic Bag (kinda) loud, slow to
Saturday Oct. 19, 8 p.m. (relatively) fast, somber
to (remotely) happy.
Clear Channel The new material even
found the band explor-
pounding ing new styles, including a lo-fi rock-
Zak Sally er complete with fuzz bass in
Parker set "Canada," and a campfire sing along
the tense featuring three-part harmonies in "La
r's fragile, La La Song".

The Counting Crows are one of
the more reliable bands in rock.
Their cult following of sensitive
high-schoolers, "huge" music fans
also growing up on Dave Matthews
and appreciative nostalgic adults
have evolved to expect a satisfying
compilation of jangly and morose

finds the band continuing to do what
it does best.
But have Counting Crows gotten
too reliable? The sold-out crowd at
the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Friday
night found the Crows in good, ener-
getic form. Even though they are
promoting a new album they rolled
though a set of greatest hits like "Mr.
Jones," "Round Here" and "A Long
December." One of the things that
has made Counting Crows a critically

tunes on record coupledv
Duritz's interpretive
versions of the tunes in
concert. They embrace
the self-revealing rock
troubadour act of
Duritz. They like to
think about how they
listen to music with
such meaningful lyrics
as "If you never stare
off into the distance
then your life is a shame."

with Adam

COUNTING
CROWS

popular live act is
Adam Duritz's seem-
ingly daily reinvention
of how he sings his
songs. He is constantly
reinventing reinven-
tions. However, at this
point in his career that
approach has seemed
to have lost some of
the excitement that it

At Fox Theatre
Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
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produced earlier. Singing lyrics of
other songs in the quiet break-downs
permeating the Crows' repertoire has
gotten stale.
Perhaps this is because the band
has not reinvented the way it plays
the music with him. With the excep-
tion of a song like "Have You Seen
Me Lately?" which has undergone a
major overhaul in terms of tempo
and vibe, the three guitar attack of
the rest of the band seems to have
stagnated. This is a comfortable stag-
nation for many listeners though. The
euphoric wash of Charlie Gilling-
ham's B-3 underneath the angular
twang of Dan Vickery's guitar still
sounds great on tunes like "Rain
King" and the new single "American
Girls." Highlights included a spright-
ly cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yel-
low Taxi" and the few tunes the band
played off its rawest LP Recovering
The Satellites. The lead track on that
album "Catapult" has never sounded
better, Duritz's yearning being met
by powerful builds from the band.
Such is the unique position of
Counting Crows. Compared to the
music being played at most rock
shows around the country today, the
Fox Theatre show was a breath of
fresh air. The challenge the Counting
Crows face is bringing their refresh-
ing sound to the next level. If they
never do however, thousands of emo-
tional people will continue to enjoy
every note they have to offer.

9
6

Courtesy of Geffen
Count it, five of six Crows.

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