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An interesting and sincere reproduction of their live performance.

Recorded across several dates on their 2012 North American tour, 'Echoes...' is another live album from the band characterised by their reworking and evolution of many of the tracks here. For those familiar with Counting Crows the variations to songs will delight, showing the rare ability to improvise whilst maintaining the passion and emotion that Adam Duritz puts into every performance; to the extent that even the songs that differ greatly from the originals, those same qualities still shine through.

With Bob Dylan's 'Girl From The North Country' stripped down to single acoustic guitar and vocals opening the set, it's that emotion and feel in every word that makes an otherwise bare arrangement work so well. A mix of originals and covers alike are given the Counting Crows treatment, with 'Round Here' having a few Van Morrison lyrics added whilst 'Rain King' includes a chorus of Elbows 'Lippy Kids'. With elements of folk, country and blues all intertwined, it's Adam Duritz evocative vocals that hold it all together.

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'Four Days' sees the band in full flow, a cover of Teenage Fan Club's 'Start Again' sees the piano more to the fore and another cover in Grateful Dead's 'Friend Of The Devil shows the band's roots and influences succinctly. Personally, it's the more up tempo tracks such as the aforementioned 'Rain King' and some superb slide guitar in 'Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes To Hollywood)' that brings the album to life before another Dylan track 'You Ain't Going Nowhere' sees things to a close.

Yet whilst this is a fine document of last year's tour, ultimately it is unlikely to win any new fans. If you are one of the millions who already know and love the band, you'll lap it up. If not it's an interesting and sincere reproduction of their live performance, but ultimately unlikely to inspire you to search out the back catalogue.

Ian Parry

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