Somewhere Under Wonderland
Yesterday I did something I haven’t done in a very, very long time. After work, I stopped at Best Buy to buy a CD on release day. Not only was this a rare occurrence for myself, but I had to ask multiple employees to find the CD I wanted, which was still buried in a box in the back room. It’s like people don’t buy CDs anymore or something.
And I don’t buy many CDs anymore, let alone from a brick and mortar store and on release day. But yesterday was the release of Counting Crows’ new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, and as someone who has been faithfully listening to Counting Crows for over 20 years, this was worthy of the detour on the drive home. (The $2 off coupon they posted to their Facebook page also helped.)
I’m not completely old school, however. I’ve actually been listening to the album for the last week through iTunes iRadio streaming. Thus, I had already heard all the songs and knew that they delivered the vibe and lyrical brilliance that I have loved with every single one of their albums since the still-classic August and Everything After.
When I got home, I imported the CD into iTunes and gave it a listen as I was getting ready for karate. I would say it’s a really good album for just putting yourself in a good mood and in the mind set to go kick some butt (either figuratively or literally).
The group has had a couple sub-releases over the last few years, but this is their first new studio album of new material in about eight years and it is classic Counting Crows and absolutely worth annoying some Best Buy employees and making them go find a box of CDs in the back room. This one is going to be on repeat for awhile.