This Desert Life

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This Desert Life
A painting of a man wearing a suit and bowler with a fishbowl containing two goldfish for a head. The album and artist names are written on the cover in black.
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)
Recorded1998 in a house in California
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerDavid Lowery, Dennis Herring
Counting Crows chronology
Across a Wire: Live in New York City
This Desert Life
Hard Candy
Singles from This Desert Life
  1. "Hanginaround"
    Released: October 18, 1999
  2. "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"
    Released: August 15, 2000
  3. "All My Friends"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
The Village Voice(choice cut)[6]

This Desert Life is the third studio album from Counting Crows. The cover art is by noted comic book artist Dave McKean, best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, and was adapted from the cover art McKean did for Gaiman's picture book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.The album has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide by February 2002.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adam Duritz except as indicated.

  1. "Hanginaround" (Duritz, Dan Vickrey, Ben Mize, David Bryson) – 4:07
  2. "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"  – 7:46
  3. "Amy Hit the Atmosphere" (Duritz, Matt Malley) – 4:36
  4. "Four Days" – 3:28
  5. "All My Friends" – 4:49
  6. "High Life" (Duritz, Vickrey) – 6:20
  7. "Colorblind" (Duritz, Charlie Gillingham) – 3:23
  8. "I Wish I Was a Girl" (Duritz, Gillingham) – 5:53
  9. "Speedway" (Duritz, Vickrey) – 3:44
  10. "St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream" – 15:40
  11. "Kid Things" (hidden track)

The CD cover lists tracks one through five as "side one" and tracks six through ten as "side two". "Kid Things" is a hidden track as part of "St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream". The vinyl release of this album also contains "Kid Things" as a hidden track along with another hidden track called "Baby I'm a Big Star Now", which is featured in the film Rounders. They are both on the side D with a text asking you not to play that side.

"Colorblind" was featured in the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions and the 2014 film Mommy.


Counting Crows
Additional musicians

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom November 1, 1999
United States November 2, 1999



Year Chart Position
1999 Billboard 200 8[citation needed]
Billboard Top Canadian Albums 8[citation needed]
Billboard Top Internet Albums 3/18[citation needed]
UK Albums Chart 19[citation needed]
Australian Albums Chart 20[citation needed]


Year Single Chart Position
1999 "Hanginaround" Billboard Adult Top 40 5[citation needed]
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 37[citation needed]
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17[citation needed]
The Billboard Hot 100 22[citation needed]
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 21[citation needed]
Billboard Top 40 Tracks 19[citation needed]
2000 Billboard Top 40 Recurrents 3[citation needed]
"Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" Billboard Adult Top 40 40[citation needed]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,100,000[11]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "This Desert Life". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  3. ^ Bautz, Mark (1999-11-05). "This Desert Life". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  4. ^ Weingarten, Marc (1999-10-30). "Some Endearing Melodies Mix With Duritz's Whine on 'Life'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  5. ^ a b "This Desert Life CD Album". CDUniverse. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-03-07). "Cleanup Time". The Village Voice.
  7. ^ Hunter, James (1999-11-25). "Counting Crows: This Desert Life". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Counting Crows To Headline NARM Event". February 12, 2002. Archived from the original on March 2, 2002. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Counting Crows – This Desert life". Music Canada.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Counting Crows – This Desert Life". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type This Desert Life in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  11. ^ "Counting Crows Content In 'Candy' Land". Billboard. 15 March 2002. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Counting Crows – This Desert Life". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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