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The best CRB to date ?
on 28 April 2014
As a bit of a Chris Robinson completist I have to say i was a bit wary of this one when it landed on the doormat this morning. The album has had a very low key release build up and there seems to be little or no corresponding release promotion - at least in the UK. Not usually a good sign. I enjoyed the first two CRB releases but thought they lacked something in terms of songwriting and although i played them a lot when released they have found their way into the long tail of my CD collection.. Having played this four times however I am much more impressed and I am falling for it big time. A weighty sixty five mintes on offer, songs with tunes even occasional choruses a much more focussed rock album that the first two.
This time round CRB are what they always said they would be , a great ( laid back) psychedelic rock band, much of the meandering has been trimmed and almost all of the songs have more definate begining, middle and end. You could say its more Little feat than Greatful dead this time round. The intricacies of in particular Neal Casals guitar playing are already running around in my head and the albums layers are beginning to reveal themselves. Chris Robinsons vocals are in keeping with the first two albums and therefore less dynamic than his style with the Black Crowes. Not really sure yet what the songs are about yet , a lyric sheet would certainly have come in useful
In terms of summary , Its probably not a out and out classic and the star rating is more reflective of my pleasant surprise at how much better than expected i found this album. I look forward to a New Black crowes album should one ever arrive but in the meantime this will do fine to help soundtrack the ( long hot ?) summer of 2014