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The Black Crowes

  • Shake Your Moneymaker [Def American, 1990] Dud
  • The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion [Def American, 1992] B-
  • Amorica [American, 1994] Dud
  • Warpaint [Silver Arrow, 2008] Dud
  • Before the Frost . . . [Silver Arrow, 2009] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Shake Your Moneymaker [Def American, 1990] Dud

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion [Def American, 1992]
Nothing wrong with mixing up a blues-based mush of Stones and Faces and Allmans and whoever, especially when you come by your influences naturally and don't imitate any of them. So of course these youngsters are "original" enough. What they're not is good enough. After all, the Faces and the Allmans weren't such hot songwriters either, and their heirs don't exactly have a Young Rod or a Gregg-and-Dickey to compensate. With seven of Southern Harmony's 10 live-in-the-studio cuts going on longer than 17 of Exile on Main Street's thick-mixed 18, call them the new Humble Pie and put out a search on DFX2's Emotion. Now there was a Stones rip. B-

Amorica [American, 1994] Dud

Warpaint [Silver Arrow, 2008] Dud

Before the Frost . . . [Silver Arrow, 2009]
Finally the lyricism their South deserves--sometimes even the songs ("Been a Long Time [Waiting on Love]," "What Is Home?"). **