Review: “Warpaint,” The Black Crowes

Written by our contributing reviewer Jeff Balke … check out his blog here

The Brothers Robinson return with their first studio album in eight years in Warpaint, a classic mix of rock and blues infused with soul and gospel, tinged religious metaphor and loaded with memorable hooks. The Black Crowes added a few new members since Lions including guitarist Luther Dickinson from the North Mississippi All-Stars and introduces the Crowes to life as an indie band (the first on their Silver Arrow label).

While many of the sounds on Warpaint will be familiar to Crowes fans – few moreso than the swingy rocker “Evergreen” and the single “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” – independence agrees with the Robinsons as they stretch their musical wings on the Beatle-influenced rocker “Wounded Bird,” dig in to some authentic southern gospel on “God’s Got It” and get psychedelic with “Movin’ On Down the Line.”

The disc seems to slip a bit toward the end with the ghost town country ballad “There’s Gold in Them Hills” and the trippy Zep-inspired acoustic of “Here Comes the Daylight,” but the meat of the record, including the absolutely breathtaking ballad “Oh Josephine,” sounds like the Crowes have embraced their newly found freedom and that is a very good thing for listeners.

MP3: Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution

MP3: Evergreen

Black Crowes official website

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