This Desert Life The shining moment for mournfully melodic roots rock has passed, making this unsurprising third studio effort from Adam Duritz and Co. relevant for die-hard fans… Counting Crows
Music Review

This Desert Life

EW's GRADE
C+

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The shining moment for mournfully melodic roots rock has passed, making this unsurprising third studio effort from Adam Duritz and Co. relevant for die-hard fans only. Producer David Lowery (Cracker) brings a loose-limbed instrumental feel to several cuts, but few of these downcast, Duritz-centric songs have the vitality that made ''Mr. Jones'' 1994's love-it-or-hate-it hit. C+

Originally posted Nov 05, 1999 Published in issue #511 Nov 05, 1999 Order article reprints