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The last time anyone looked, Counting Crows was still a plural entity -- a group, not a solo act. Yet if you judged by the stories written about the California band, you might assume it was a one-man operation, that man being photogenic and enigmatic singer Adam Duritz. Such media myopia is nothing new; just refer to the Rolling Stones or, perhaps more egregiously, Van Halen (a band that, one must recall after getting past the nationally televised catfights, doesn't go by the name of Roth or Hagar). But, common as the problem might be, it's still no fun being measured by the disposition of your frontman -- although the non-Duritz members of Counting Crows can shoulder a lot of the blame for their nondescript status. Guided perhaps by shyness, they gladly saddled Duritz with the task of band spokesman, helping him onto the pedestal, which, at times, must have felt more like a gallows. Duritz, whether he likes it or not (and if you take him at his word, he's not thrilled), is the band's undisputed leader. He's its singer, its co-founder, its chief songwriter, its prime emotional catalyst. And for better or for worse, that makes him its shelter when the crap comes raining down. Initially, though, it appeared that Duritz relished his role. His interviews following the success of August and Everything After were unrestrained free-for-alls in which he'd rail against record company injustices one minute and ponder his hair extensions the next. Talk first, worry later was his pattern, and it was often quite amusing. Back then, Duritz was probably more innocent than arrogant, and since that initial burst of attention, he's wised up considerably. Lately, he's opted to lie low and let the music -- and the rest of the band -- do the talking.