Counting Crows are perched in the top ten of the "Billboard" album chart with their newest record, "This Desert Life," the studio follow-up to the band's 1996 multi-platinum effort "Recovering The Satellites."Fans snatched up close to 130,000 copies of "This Desert Life" during its first week in stores, according to figures released by SoundScan. That was good enough to debut at number eight, just ahead of the new Foo Fighters LP, "There Is Nothing Left To Lose," which landed at number ten. According to Crows frontman Adam Duritz, "This Desert Life" explores many of the same themes of confusion and identity that encompassed the band's first two albums, dating back to 1993's "August And Everything After." "The first [album] is kind of about really wanting a different life than the one you have," Duritz told MTV News' Serena Altschul. "Wanting to be somebody, wanting to be something that's
more than what you're doing right now, and wanting people to see you that way as well.""I think the second album," he continued, "after having gotten a lot of that stuff [out], is about the confusion and flux that follows getting shot up in the sky, and then coming crashing down, and how to recover from that." "This album is sort of about being in a state of confusion again," Duritz said, "but just being okay with the fact that life is that way, you know." [RealVideo] You can see what sort of state of confusion Counting Crows are in at the band's live show; the group is currently in the midst of a North American tour to support "This Desert Life." The Crows are scheduled to play the State Theater in Detroit on November 16.