Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings
Label: Geffen Records
David Bryson studied under guitar whiz Joe Satriani, so we all knew the dude could shred. But still, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings will come as a surprise to longtime fans. On the Crows' first album in six years, their folksy pop receives a fresh coat of paint thanks to Bryson beefing up his jangle with jagged licks vaguely reminiscent of Nels Cline's work on Wilco's Sky Blue Sky. Sure, there's plenty of Duritz doing his Van-the-Man shtick, but there's also catchy rockers like "Los Angeles."