Psst. . . over here. Wanna here something really cool? There’s this song called “Borderline” and it’s really awesome.
Oh, you thought I meant the original version by Madonna. That’s okay; totally natural mistake. And to be fair, Madonna’s version is a great song, one of her earliest and best hits. It’s an 80s classic. But in the hands of the Counting Crows, aka the Kings of Mope, “Borderline” turns into a loose, almost sloppy, Country Rock ramble. A different song, not quite as good as the original but still pretty damn good. Fun. It sounds a little bit like Adam Duritz and the boys had a few beers, maybe smoked a joint, and let it fly. Underwater Sunshine is the Crows’ cover album, released in 2012 to little fanfare (it also features their equally loose version of the Faces’ classic “Ooh La La”). The Crows have long since lost any cultural cache they had in the 90s, but they’re still an awesome band, and Underwater Sunshine one of my favorites. I like hearing musicians play the songs they like by other artists, the stuff they probably jam to when they’re hanging out in someone’s living room or backyard. And that’s exactly what this song and album sound like. It’s easy and relaxed, and you won’t be sorry if you listen to the whole thing.