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Counting Crows Underwater Sunshine
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The Counting Crows are going the covers route on their new album ‘Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation),’ which features 15 remakes and is now streaming online for free.

The band once scored a hit with a version of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ but ‘Underwater Sunshine’ is their first all-covers album. The Crows mostly take on songs by acclaimed but decidedly non-mainstream rock acts, including Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, Dawes and the Romany Rye.

Singer Adam Duritz tells Paste he made no effort to hold on to the spirit of the original tracks: “I don’t see any reason to stay true the original at all. Part of the reason you want to record a song is because you have an idea of how you want to do it.”

The biggest name the band takes on is Bob Dylan, with a new recording of ‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.’ Duritz says, “It’s not really a daunting Dylan song to sing, you know. For one thing, I always thought it was a Byrds song to begin with… I don’t know what the f— he’s talking about at all, if anything. I’m pretty sure it’s total f—ing nonsense. But it’s the best f—ing nonsense I’ve ever heard.”

‘Underwater Sunshine’ also features a rollicking, acoustic ‘Ooh La La’ isn’t that far off from the Faces‘ version, an emotional cover of Coby Brown’s ‘Hospital,’ and a version of the Travis song ‘Coming Around’ that allows Duritz to unleash his falsetto.

‘Underwater Sunshine’ will see an official release on April 10. It marks the group’s first new album since 2008’s ‘Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings.’

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