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Shake Your Money Maker

The Black Crowes

1990

Shake Your Money Maker

Album Summary

Shake Your Money Maker (also stylized as The Black Crowes Present: $hake Your Money Maker) is the debut studio album by American rock band the Black Crowes, released on February 13, 1990 on Def American Recordings. It is the only album by the band to feature guitarist Jeff Cease. The album is named after a classic blues song written by Elmore James. The Black Crowes have played the song live many times over the years, but it is not included on this album. Shake Your Money Maker peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, and two of its singles, "Hard to Handle" and "She Talks to Angels", reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Jealous Again", "Twice As Hard" and "Seeing Things" were also charting singles in the United States. Shake Your Money Maker is the Black Crowes' best selling album, having sold more than 5 million copies.On January 8, 2021, the Black Crowes announced that a 30th anniversary edition of the album would be released on February 26, 2021. The new version contains the original tracks remastered in addition to three previously unreleased songs, outtakes, two demos from the Mr. Crowe's Garden era, and a live performance set recorded in 1990 at Center Stage in Atlanta. Previously unreleased track "Charming Mess" was released on the same day as the announcement.

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Rating

3.28

Votes

4759

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Hard Rock
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This album was a breath of fresh air in a period that had hard rock / hair metal being pushed aside by grunge. Along come the Robinson brothers with their blues-base true-rock record.

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Annoying bar music.

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Give me the Stones or give me Hootie but don't give me both. D+

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5

Fantastic blues rock record. A classic.

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5

🖤🖤🖤

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5

A real classic. This was already one of my favorites. It is full of great roots rock. She Talks to Angels is an all-timer

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5

This is a jam, got this blues rock thing.

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5

This was a very important album for me. I bought it right when it released and listened to it constantly. I also saw them on this tour, at a small club in Oakland called The Omni. Sadly, not around any more. They are an amazing live band. I've always loved how loose and bluesy this album is. It definitely deserves to be on this list.

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5

<3

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5

Bloody excellent album!

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5

At the top of their game!

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5

One of my favorite albums, from one of my favorite groups. Not to mention one of the best debut albums

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5

Safe for Hard to Handle, I had no idea this band was a thing and loved being able to find hard, bluesy rock in the 90's as opposed to having to travel in time to Led Zeppelin.

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5

Awesome southern/blues rock album

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5

Feels like a CD I should have bought in my 20s

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5

Always been a favorite.

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5

I enjoyed the Black Crowes when I first heard them in the early '90s. Some of their songs are superb in my opinion, and I think most of my favorite Black Crowes songs are on this album (e.g., Hard To Handle, She Talks To Angels, Jealous Again, Sister Luck, and more). I love the guitar work on this album but I never know if it's Rich Robinson or Jeff Cease I'm hearing when I'm admiring what I hear (like that real sweet bluesy lead in 'Sister Luck'). I know Jeff Cease is named lead guitarist for this album, so I'll give this another couple listens to see what I pick up (no, that's not meant as a guitar pun). I hadn't listened to this album in a very long time - probably decades - and, dang, it really holds up well. Love the rootsy-bluesy-gritty-rock-meets-gospel sounds. Chris Robinson is a really great singer. I would've loved to have seen them in concert when they toured to support this album.

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5

No need to skip any, very enjoyable. Love the piano rock

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5

wow, this is a far better album than i remembered... solid, straight-ahead rock and roll

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5

Love this album. Honestly feel it is one of the most underappreciated of the 90s. Absolute classic. 5/5

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5

Amazed. Perhaps not every single track was perfect, but the first one hits so hard and there are lots of good ones scattered throughout the album. Not just the singles. So much so that I went looking for bonus tracks and other albums as soon as this was done and I never have energy for that. This is a keeper for life now.

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5

Fantastic! I didn't think I would like this album much, but I was proved very incorrect. It's a lot of fun. The drums are tight, the vocals are energetic, the guitars are rocking, I like it a lot. "Hard to Handle" is obviously the best known song of the album, but pretty much every song is good too. Very glad I heard it.

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5

Definitely on my list now💪😎🤘

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Decent southern rock. Not genre defining, but solid. Love the voice, good hooks.

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This album is full of typical bar rock. Southern band raised on the Stones, Humble Pie, and Otis Redding. Nice to listen to, sing along to, listen to while downing a few beers at your local watering hole, maybe gaining enough courage to go on stage and karaoke to one of these tunes. Mostly, this album could be indistinguishable from any other southern bar band album, although I do love Chris Robinson’s voice. The songs are familiar feeling in a way that made them feel like Insta-classics. Seeing Things is the bluesiest track. I love the song, but I don’t love Robinson singing it. The Otis Redding cover Hard to Handle fits his voice well and I recall it being a big hit. Thick n Thin is a swinging bop. She Talks to Angels has a special place in my heart forever, and this album gets a whole star just for that song alone. I’ve both been that girl and I know that girl. Overall, solid album.

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4

Great stuff, thin Lizzy meets wolf mother, first track is exceptional

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I legitimately forgot this album and band existed. It's weird how some bands stick around in the Zeitgeist while others fade completely despite having similar track records. The album starts out really strong, but then the songs start to sound a bit samey. It's good, but it fades into the background because there's not a lot of tempo variation. There are some slower songs, but I can't say that I'm terribly impressed with songs like Seeing Things. Some of the other songs are good but start to feel like cultural appropriation (lookin at you, Hard to Handle. Talks to Angels is a good song that feels more original. 3/5

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I was too cool for this album when it came out but picked it up in the mid 2000s. Now it reminds me of Napster and bud light, both of which are gone from my life, but this album lives on.

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“The Black Crowes are to the early Rolling Stones what Christian Slater is to the young Jack Nicholson: a self-conscious imitation, but fine enough in its own right.”

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I had no idea the sound recording in town halls could be so good. Who's responsible for capturing this 70's country-rock tribute act? Where was it recorded? Has anyone tracked down members of the audience to get their take on this historic moment? Surely these aren't originals. Not in 1990.

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The Wolfmother paradox - the ability to imitate your influences with such perfection that the final product is devoid of any personality or imagination. What should be an oil painting becomes a blueprint. His mumbling and at times incoherent singing is actually kind of endearing to the point of hilarity, especially on Hard to Handle - so fun to sing along with. (also my album highlight, verging on perfect rock song). Five stars for making me think about it so much

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Excellent

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Qué lástima no haberlos conocido antes. Aunque es innegable el sonido noventero que a treinta años de distancia es nostálgico, de todas maneras es un disco entretenido y con toques de frescura. Me gustaron las voces, las guitarras e incluso los temas oscurones típicos de la época (como en She Talks To Angels). Y además, cortito y al grano.

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5

Gran, gran, descubrimiento. Rock sureño con mucho poder, buenas letras y muy buenos arreglos. Canciones donde pisan el acelerador combinadas con algunas baladas donde demuestran que también ahí el resultado es excelente. 10 canciones, 43 minutos, creo que no tiene un segundo de desperdicio. 4.5 que sube a 5 porque la primera escuchada sí me voló los sesos. Songs: Sister Luck, Twice As Hard, She Talks To Angels, Stare It Cold

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Rock and blues was made to be

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Yessssss, this album is easily in my top 5 fave albums.

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5

One of my all time favorites

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5

Steady steady album and a lot of hits! The bluesy rock gets me

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5

Première belle découverte, merci Robert.

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5

Really surprised here. I have always loved the Black Crowes on the radio but I also always asked myself whether they were just a band with a bunch of good singles. I have never listened to any of their albums cover to cover. Even before I started listening to this album I looked at the track listing and thought whoa. That was the surprise - this album looked stacked. It did not disappoint. Big sound, lethal guitar work, heavy southern and blues rock (honkytonk piano to boot), great vocals. Turns out most of the songs I love from these guys (Twice as Hard, Jealous Again, Hard to Handle) are on this album. And if I ever get good enough to play guitar in front of people I will play She Talks to Angels - my singing also sucks but if I can pick & pluck my way through that song it won't matter. A true classic (can't believe Rich Robinson wrote that at 15). The non-hits were just as good (Sister Luck, Think N Thin, and Struttin Blues were particularly good). So I have my answer - they were amazing on one album. I still say they were largely average the rest of their career (second album was alright). But THIS album! A beauty.

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5

The Black Crowes are a band I drifted away from and then came back to (Stone Temple Pilots is another). Their hits really "hit" but their b-sides and album tracks are middling. But the first album is very solid. I recently picked up the anniversary edition (if you can, try to get the Target version. It is basically the music in the box set without all the extra crap, trinkets and tchotchkes.) It's funny how everyone assumes "Hard To Handle" was a Crowes original. I never understood why they couldn't play that one with Page (they couldn't do any Black Crowes material on that fantastic album they did because of recording rights, but "H2H" could have been done...?) Although my favorite track of theirs is not on here, this is a very good (if not great) album. Solid all the way through.

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5

This album was so good! I liked all the tracks, especially She Talks To Angels.

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5

super duper!

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5

Great bluesy rock

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5

Приятное звучание, одна песня очень понравилась

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5

Good, solid, slammin' rock and roll! Kind of a surprise 5 stars for me. I knew I liked their songs that I'd heard before, but didn't realize they all came from the same album! Hard to Handle has been one of my favorite rock songs since their version hit. Jealous Again & Twice as Hard are nearly as good, with great edge, wonderful hooks and tight playing. She Talks to Angels show a bit of a softer side, but still packs a punch. Even the lesser songs on this album show off the strength of the ensemble, with the fantastic organ sounds bringing a feel of the best of The Band or Procol Harum. This album, simply, rocks and will be in my collection in regular rotation, esp. for road trips with the windows down!

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5

I recall the first time hearing about the Black Crowes was from my mom. She said “I read an article about a band I think you would like. They supposedly play their instruments - not a lot of synthetic stuff…” Later that week I saw the CD highlighted as a “guaranteed staff pick” at a record shop in Rosedale, MN. I bought the disc and have been a fan ever since. Every song on this album is at minimum good, and a lot of the are great. Apart from the many hits, I’m also a fan of the guitars on “Sister Luck”. Songwriting is really good throughout - especially on “She Talks to Angels”. It was many years down the road before I realized “Hard to Handle” was a cover tune. There have been a lot of good Crowes albums since this debut release, but overall, this is still their best effort.

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5

Rock melódico, animoso Me ha gustado muuuucho

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5

One of my favorites

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5

I’ve always loved this one. Dirty southern rock/blues, which more often than not comes right out and slaps you in the face. This one has its share of hits, which I can never fault an album for. Most of them have been played to death, but they support an album that is very well put together. Great debut album and one of my favorites. Put this on in the background on a summer day outside… perfect.

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5

This is one of my top 20 favorite albums of all time. The songs just drip with nostalgia for me. Love it!

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5

Not at all what I was expecting but really enjoyed it and will Listen to more by this band.

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5

I love this album so much. My girlfriend was a huge fan and talked me and four buddies into seeing them in '88 at the 300 seat Greek theater in Tri-cities Washington. They opened for Jellyfish. One of the best shows I've ever seen. This album has been a mainstay in my collection ever since. I've seen them 4 times over the last 30 years and am seeing them again in August. Great album, great band.

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5

Hell of a debut. Music that still plays a ton!

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5

Lekker stevig album. Hard van genoten

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5

Very nice album. Saved to listen to again. Blues-rock, I like!

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5

Solid stuff, and it had been too long.

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5

Fantastic album. Not a bad song on it. Bluesy vibes and a little bit soulful.

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5

I just love this album. That is all.

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5

Belongs in the Pantheon of Southern Rock with Skynyrd and the Allman Bros.

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5

Great tunes

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Excellent album

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Twice As Hard was really good, I like the guitar tone a lot. Jealous Again was good as well, I like the inclusion of the sort of jazzy piano on this song. Sister Luck you can definitely hear the “country” coming through a bit, not in a bad way, but it somewhat reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Could I’ve Been So Blind was again liked, nothing new to say, same reasons as before. Seeing Things was very reminiscent of Muse’s “Falling Down”, the sort of soft country, I really like it. Hard To Handle is somewhat familiar, very good, feels a but Led Zeppelin, mot much but a wee bit, has that classic rock feel. Thick ‘N’ Thin was really enjoyable, made me want to move, really liked the guitar work. She Talks To Angels was a nice acoustic ballad, literally the only gripe is the tuning meaning I can’t learn it. Struttin’ Blues again, highly enjoyable, would love to learn all this stuff but nothing is in a normal tuning. Stare It Cold I would argue was the worst song on the album, and I still really enjoyed it. This entire album was great, apparently it’s 43 minutes long, and if so then I must’ve loved it because it was the fastest 43 minutes of my life. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anybody. 4.9/5

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Such a beautiful album. She Talks to Angels will always be one of my favorites of all time.

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Without a doubt, the Crowes BEST WORK. SEEING THINGS and SHE TALK'S TO ANGELS are powerful. I listen to these two practically every day for my sing along songs. Several more really good tracks on here. Twice As Hard, Jealous Again, Hard To Handle are a pleasure to hear, but I just Can't Get Enough of SEEING THINGS!

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4

Solid classic album

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false

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4

Good ood school sounding rock

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4

Liked it a lot!

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4

Aside from the popular songs on this album I never really gave them a good listen, but this album was decent. Definitely have to listen to some more of their work.

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4

A pretty great rock album! Surprised it wasn't in my rotation before

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Slaps

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What a lame album title, but it pleasantly surprised me! I really wasn't expecting to enjoy it based off the genre- but it was really solid! "Struttin' Blues", "Hand to Handle", "Twice as Hard" were pretty solid imo!!

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Toe tapping good time. loved the big southern rock guitars. Great melodies and singing.

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This album still holds up, but it might be the amount of memories I have with this playing in the car on road trips.

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4

ENJOYED

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4

Really solid classic rock. Good road trip stuff

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4

90’s rock is always good

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Surprised I hadn't really heard of them before - and surprised by how much I liked it! Maybe just nostalgic for 90s Georgia summers

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4

Quality tunes.

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4

Tres bon objectivement, mais pas non plus mon kif

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One of my fav groups. 4.5 because I know what will come from this album.

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4

Very clean vocal sound. More blues / garage rock than I remember.

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Nice

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Okay, Schwanzmusik schon, aber ich mochte und mag das gern. Fand ich damals schon eine gelungene Wiederkehr dessen, was ich mir so unter musikalischer 70ies-Rock-Ästhetik für Anfänger zurechtsimuliert hatte. Von 3.6 aufgerundet "I'm never afraid of losing faith in you" ist außerdem eine ziemlich gute Zeile.

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4

Blues-y guitar-driven rock, very full sound, driving

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4

Hard to handle is such a great track

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4

When no one was making this sort of music, the black crowes released this absolute banger. High octane rock n roll from start to finish. lovely stuff. Not sure its quite strong enough throughout to give it a 5 but certainly a solid 4/5

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4

Great, fun rock album

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4

Really like the rock vibe, grungy guitars and power. Would definitely run with this album!

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4

Really enjoyed this. Think they were an under rated band. ****

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4

brings me back to high school. lots of energy.

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4.0

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4

catchier than i thought. Like a more down-to-earth inspiration of the decemberists.

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4

Really enjoyed listening but didnt fully grab me - nice surprise though

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4

I had heard this before - solid southern rock sound.

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4

Killer album. Half of it consists of absolute classics but another case of the hits overshadowing the rest of the album. Still a great listen for some throwback rock and blues.

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4

Didn’t realize so many familiar songs were on a relatively unknown album. Quality listen.

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4

Fun one

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4

Not my cup of tea but they sound great!

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4

Loved it. Sought out more of their music afterwards. I’m now a fan.

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4

Solid rock album - Lynyrd Skynrd vibes

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4

Very good album

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4

Många bangers! Bästa låtar: Hard to Handle Twice As Hard Jealous Again

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4

Great grooves and heartfelt vocals. Keepin' the faith in good ol' rock 'n' roll.

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4

actually rather like this one. 'hard to handle' appears to be the most popular song, but felt that one was only ok. 'she talks to angels' is great, heard that one before. lots of good guitar. generic voice

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4

Awesome blend of Blues & Rock!

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4

A good album. I like the stripped down, raw sound.

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4

Great album

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4

great album.

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4

Really enjoyable throughout

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4

Really liked this album every song was awesome will be adding it to my general rotation of albums

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I like it 4 stars

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4

Muy bueno, muy agradable

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4

Neat bluesy stuff

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Los Black Crowes eran normalmente una banda que veía como rock sureño decente pero que no llegaba a lo que se había hecho en los 70s y se sentía como un revival de medio pelo. Ahora justamente que tocó rock sureño en esta lista con Lynyrd Skynyrd de casualidad me seguí y escuche un cacho de ellos y justamente este disco lo escuche entero. Mi opinión sobre ellos ha mejorado notablemente en este par de meses. En realidad no se oyen tan copia al carbon como recordaba, sí proponen algo un poco más moderno sin perder la esencia del género y curiosamente notable que sus canciones son bastante más frescas en cuanto a tener una temática bastante más variada alejada de las canciones de macho sureño toma cerveza de todos los grupos originales. Sorpresa bastante agradable que creo tiene justificado un lugar aquí para mostrar que el género da más allá de los estereotipos con los que se le relaciona normalmente.

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4

A lot more fun than I was expecting, a rip roaring party of an album.

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4

This album was so good, and really a breath of fresh air when it came out. Music was so bloated in 1990, and these guys strut in like they own the place with just some great, classic bluesy rock and roll. It's laid back, no frills, and completely engaging. This is probably as close as anyone ever got to fully catching the Stones' vibe. What I like about the Crowes is how they move really effortlessly between rockers like "Hard to Handle" and the slower, more thoughtful songs like "Seeing Things" without missing a step. That gives such a nice flow to these songs that a lot of artists can't really capture. The hits get played a lot on the radio, with good reason. They've aged really well. Fave Songs: Jealous Again, Twice as Hard, Hard to Handle, She Talks to Angels, Seeing Things

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4

“Angels” is actually one of the weaker songs on here; the least of the ballads, anyway.

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4

An old favourite, not their best, but better than I remembered - starred at least one track I'd forgotten

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4

Pretty Good! I did really enjoy listening to what I consider to be actual rock music so that was fun

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4

While the musicianship is undeniable, Robinson's voice wears me out after about song 3. Something about his constant, slightly off key, fake blues Man wailing just ... wears me out. That said, it's still a good record and a good representation of rock at the peak of its game in the '90s (including all of the dated production techniques of the time).

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4

Solid album, lot of good tracks, but the excitement starts to fade out towards the end.

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4

Never listened to them before, love it Will definitely relisten

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4

Fun album, brings back a lot of memories

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4

Rock sureño muy bien elaborado. Excelente voz y guitarras rítmicas

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4

4.5/5 Fantastic album! Especially the first half of the album. I will for sure come back to this one. Favourite songs: - Twice as hard - Sister luck - She talks to angels

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4

Blues rock elegante.

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4

The first album I've not listened to and liked.

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4

8/10. Who'd've thunk it? Two days in a row of 90's albums I actually enjoyed. Though I don't think I've ever really taken that much issue with the Blues Rock of the 90's.

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4

The Black Crowes have a logo with a couple of cartoon crows on it. They remind me of the crows from Dumbo, except these look stoned or drunk or something. The Dumbo crows were racist caricatures. But I don't have any evidence that the Black Crowes crows are racist. Or that the Black Crowes themselves are racist. But it's an unfortunate connection I can't help but draw. I do have evidence that they are a pretty decent band. On this rollicking bluesy album at least. Then what happened to them? "Shake Your Money Maker" was a pretty big hit. But they never found that level of success again. "Remedy" is the only other Black Crowes song I recognize. I think I want to give this album a 4, but that kind of implies that I'd be interested in seeking out more from their catalog. And while I like it, I'm not quite moved to that level.

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4

Derivative, clichéd, rip off, yet absolutely great.

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4

3.5, on the side of 4 maybe?

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4

Real cool - sound like an old classic old southern rock group. I would say while being modern, but this is also classic now too at over 30 years old hahaha. Great vibe and attitude, killer album.

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4

Great guitar, great voice, great tunes

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4

Somebody get that damn piano part an MVP award for carrying the rest of the album.

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4

Great album!!!

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If the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Lynyrd Skynyrd had a menage a trois, The Black Crows would be the result of their coupling (well, actually, tripling.) I’ll let you assign gender roles, and which will be actually carrying the child. My vote for the mom is, of course, the Stones, because they already have proven to be more than comfortable wearing women’s clothing and makeup. Lynyrd Skynyrd not so much, being pretty much all men, and southern ones to boot. Stephen Tyler? Anyone’s guess. Opening with a simply nasty, crunchy guitar, that sustains throughout 'Shake Your Money Maker' (curiously, a song not included, although performed often by The Black Crows), and soon to be joined by the rest of the flock, this is all 'Sticky Fingers' and 'Exile On Main Street,' paired with any and all of Aerosmith’s first four albums, and with a dash of southern flavor, including slide guitar, that would fit in easily on any Lynyrd Skynyrd recording. But the Stones cast the largest shadow here, with riffs from guitarist Rich Robinson and Jeff Cease imitating (albeit not as good) Keith Richards on virtually every song on the first side except the opener, and most on the second. The bluesy ‘Sister Luck’ sounds like right off of 'Exile,' and you tell me if ‘Seeing Things’ wouldn’t fit perfectly on 'Sticky Fingers,' a sibling to its brother, ‘Sway.’ What’s not to like here: joyfully nasty rock n’ roll guitars, crisp drums, howling vocals. Speaking of, I do have one critique for vocalist Chris Robinson: it would benefit the final moments of your songs to just let the band play out, minus your voice. Less is more, my friend. Even Mick Jagger showed a little of this restraint with his band, an action seldom used to describe the lead singer. What did work, and work well, was background singer Laura Creamer’s harmonious contributions, particularly on ‘Seeing Things.’ Here’s the special sauce, though, and an incredible coincidence further highlighting the similarities between The Crows and The Stones: keyboardist Chuck Leavell who, while not a member of the band, flaps his wings all over this LP, and without whom 'Shake Your Money Maker' would still fly, but not soar. Remember a fellow named Ian Stewart? Probably not. Even the demure Charlie Watts, drumming away behind the larger than life personalities of Jagger and Richards was more recognized than pianist Stewart, often even playing off stage! (It was simply a marketing decision- Stu’s countenance was not as cool as the rest.) Stewart, like Leavell, was never technically a band member, but what would ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ or ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ or dozens of other Stones’ songs sound like without his piano? On 'Shake Your Money Maker,' Leavell boogie woogies the ivories on ‘Could Have Been So Blind,’ strokes the organ to climax on ‘Struttin’ Blue,’ and does double duty on both during ‘Seeing Things.’ Man, this guy can play the kind of blues that would bring a smile to Greg Allman’s face. And he can rock n’ roll on the piano like Little Richard. Shame on you both, Stones and Crows, for not making your keyboard players official band members. Well, shame has no place in rock n’ roll, does it? Even ‘a crime in the wink of an eye,’ as Chris Robinson sings on the opener, ‘Twice As Hard.’ While he may be singing about the double pain of losing a love to drugs in life, and then ultimately in death, my own interpretation concerns the omission of Chuck Leavell as a full-feathered Black Crow. ‘Cause I’m seeing (and hearing) things for the first time…’

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Great stuff. This kind of bluesy rock is really fun to listen to when it is done well, and this is done really well.

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De forma cíclica, hi ha moments en què el rock sempre torna. D'alguna manera, sempre hi és, però des dels seus moments de glòria als '50 i '70, sembla que queda soterrat pels géneres més populars del moment fins que un disc esclata i el fa tornar amb tota la seva força. El 2018 va ser Greta Van Fleet, començaments de mil.leni es va viure amb tota la seva intensitat amb The Strokes, The White Stripes i tot el que va venir després. El 1990 va ser el debut de The Black Crowes que va posar tot del revés. En plena eclosió de hair metal i mentre alguns a Seattle es començaven a deixar sentir, un rock d'arrels, pantanós i honest ens va agafar a tots per sorpresa. El disc, a més, tenia un bon grapat de bons moments; grans cançons envoltades d'una veu increïble i una actitud i carisma que els va portar a ser una de les millors bandes de la década que començava

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This album was better than I remembered. I feel like I should have been more into this when it was released!

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Rockin

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Am I listening to a 70's heavy metal? Or maybe a true hard rock band from the '80s? Maybe, it sounds a little bit like an English indie rock from the 2000s? I'm not sure if I liked the whole album because it's a little bit longer than I normally like, however, it's impossible to not say that it looks like a real trip in rock history and a well-done trip.

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Album cover: What We Do in the Shadows Album contents: Crown-pleasing 90's rock

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Classic rock is *gulp* classic. Damn, I feel some grey hairs coming on.

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Wantlist

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Decent rock album nothing special in my opinion

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I like it 4

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Super albumpje, bekende nummers erop

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A very solid 70s aerosmith-esque classic rock revival from the 90s. Favourites: "Twice As Hard", "Hard To Handle", "Stare It Cold"

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Decent

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This album fucks. The Crowes embody everything I love about that bluesy classic rock sound and GOT DAMN could these dudes write a hook. 4.5

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As far as retro blues rock throwbacks go, you can’t top the Crowes imo. You can really hear the passion behind their performances every time. This is a pretty smooth, digestible album. B

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My initial reaction was ugh, Black Crowes, then listening to the album and realizing how many tracks I recall, almost verbatim, hard to deny this album was played pretty much everywhere when it came out and some tracks stand the test of time it seems

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It's fuggin rock and roll. When I was listening to this band as a boy I would get them confused with "Counting Crows" (because I was probably like 8). I think this band does deserve a place on this list. This album is a solid rock and roll album. I will admit that I listened to it in full background-mode and I think that is where this band shines. The singer has such a great rock and roll voice and some of these songs are bangers but I'm personally biased because I've heard them so much that they are ingrained as backing track music. "Hard to Handle" is one of the best post-1980s rock and roll songs ever. "She Talks to Angels" is as pure as a rock and roll ballad can ever get. I bet these dudes wear a ton of fringe.

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A roll the windows down album of Southern rock that owes a lot to bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aerosmith but The Black Crowes do it just as good! It’s got big riffs, great energy and soul. I love the bluesy piano too. This would be an excellent album even without “Hard to Handle” and “She Talks to Angels.” But with them it pushes toward classic territory. “Cause mama, I’m sure hard to handle now” - I’ve heard that line 1000 times but never knew what he was actually saying 😂 Also, I just learned that that song is a cover of an Otis Redding song!

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4

Excellent album.

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This was enjoyable and more in line with my taste. I hadn’t listened to much Black Crowes so it was good to expand beyond Hard to Handle.

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I’ve never herd of or seen this act/ album before and aren’t all crows black?… I love the slow bluesy guitars at the start of the album’s opener twice as hard but those guitars were a trick and the song builds to this all powerful speedy tempo, this kinda reminds me of the white stripes meets stadium rock like Boston. So essentially amazing live music! Jealous again sounds like truckers music, good truckers music but still just the kinda thing that people will blast at max volume deafening anyone else on the motorway. But in the grand scheme of things jealous again seems like light album filler as the slow jam sister luck picks up the quality of before this is a great slow down in pace for the album with amazing guitars and also showing the listener that this band is more than large stadium songs. Could I’ve ever been so blind isn’t that special or unique but good and listenable none the less. Side one ends with seeing things it’s a romantic slow track with an exploding/ angelic chorus, this song works perfectly for what it’s meant to do and I like it, it works perfectly for the songs purpose yet knowing what I have herd through ( and even outside) the generator it’s not cracking my top songs of all time. Hard to handle is a solid banger to start off this half of the album again not a favourite but if it was someone’s favourite song of all time I honestly couldn’t argue. I mean thick n thin works well and it’s nice to see a piano involved but it’s just not too special. The final single off the album is she talks to angels a beautiful little acoustic track sad, brittle and painful. With class instrumentation all the way! Putting strutting blues ( a rather soulless rock and roll tune) right after she talks to angels was a wrong move, a very poor sequencing choice but I guess it’s not a bad song just uninteresting. The album closes with stare it cold the song isn’t necessary a great choice for closer status but still one of the better songs on the album. It’s got ( Mostly) powerful singles and a good few other decent tracks but it feels too generic to gander it a 5 even if there are some bangers.

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Blues rock elegante. Un 4.

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Sue me, I enjoyed it more than I expected

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good rock album

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First time line listening to this band and I dug it. However it does have that aspect of rock that I've kinda noticed has plagued many bands since the 70s that I just can't put my finger on but it just sounds off in places. Nonetheless, I enjoy many of the tracks and will definitely be checking out more. 4.5/5

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A southern classic.

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that was actually pretty good not exactly my genre but still enjoyable 7/10

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solid rock album, although I seem to have heard it before

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Very good rock album from the 90s that sounds like right out of the 70s. There isn't really a bad track here; songs, production, playing, singing are all equally good. 4/5

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classic rock n roll sounds like it was released in 1970, not 1990

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4/5 bester Song: Thick N'Thin oder Seeing Things aber der ist auch geklaut es sind ca. 3 Trash Songs drauf der Rest ist strong sie lernen über das Album zusammen zu arbeiten Song 1: Wannabe jimmy Paige leicht nervige Vocals (sehr ertragbar) SCHEIß DRUMS blues solos popRock Coldplay vibes 5 Mitglieder 5 Genres zusammengeworfen die Intros sind immer geil und dann stürzt es ab seeing things ist ja einfach with a little help from my friends (Eher joe Cocker Version) auf wish ab Song 5 ist es geiler BluesRock

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From a decade when the dominant music genres were hair metal, grunge and britpop, a Led Zeppelin-esque blues rock album (although with some hints of alternative rock, more typical of that era) was definitely a surprise, but a welcome one!

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Rock and roll bb

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Nice energy, good riffs

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Nice, very "Rolling stones" A bit dated now but still listenable

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Have never been a huge Black Crowes fan, but I've always enjoyed this album.

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pretty good, not my thing

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A bit over inflated

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Nothing hugely original here but a really good listen none the less. 3.5 stars

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liked the band, liked the music. 3,5/5

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Highkey forgettable lmao. Exactly what typa rock n roll sound you'd expect from the early 90s, the back end of 80s hairs bands.

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First track sounds like Led Zeppelin but folkier, dude on the cover looks like Robert Plant, the dude behind him kinda looks like Jimmy Page...I'm seeing a pattern but can't quite put my finger on it.... Ohhhh so this is where Hard to Handle comes fro (didn't know this was that song's name)

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Très bonne introduction Album agréable à écouter malgré une première partie d'album plus intéressante que la deuxième qui est assez redondante Très bonne production Assez daté musicalement par rapport à l'année de sortie Les influences prennent le pas sur la musique qui ne réinvente rien malheureusement Il manque une touche de folie pour palier au manque d'innovation L'album reste en surface mais est un bel hommage à leurs groupes préférés

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Bluesy Nice slide guitar Driving through the desert radio music Background music 6/10

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Nostalgia jam

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Quite a few songs I know but did not know were by the Black Crowes. A little ballady for my taste at some points, but overall pretty enjoyable.

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Solid 3.5. Doesn't warrant a 4 though. Did anyone else notice the glitch in "Twice as hard" at 1:32? It was on Spotify and Deezer oddly enough...

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Maybe it feels pretty "standard" now, but is a good example of the genre. Was decent.

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false

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Sort of generic 90's rock. nothing fascinating

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Opens with guitar that is the sound of how I wanted to be perceived in 8th grade. This would be brewery singing-from-the-cellar music. Definitely strong summer night highway, mustang convertible vibes. The camera pans straight down the center yellow line, does a flip, and focuses on you with your hair whipping around jamming out to this. Vocals are as if he is yelling in a whisper the entire time. Slows it down a little bit towards the end and brings back reminiscent feelings of an 8th grade dance. You stand there, looking at the swaying couples wondering if they'll get married, emotions are high as you gear up for middle school graduation. Rascal Flatts met Led Zeppelin and then created a Green Day cover band; I don't hate it.

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Not my cuppa

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High school me liked this a lot. I just find it so boring though now.

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Ok

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Engaging blues. 6/10

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3.5

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“Shake Your Money Maker” by The Black Crowes (1990) Good rock. The main lyrical theme here is of a man opening up his soul to/about his woman. Honest, reflective, and sassy, these all work well in the rock genre. Think early Rolling Stones. Pretty standard structure and arrangements, delivered well enough. Fine guitar grooves, with plenty of distortion and sustain. While Chris Robinson’s lead vocal has an appropriate and legitimate southern rock attitude (sorry, Boss), it is certainly missing variety, making it (accidentally and sadly) one of the more recognizable 1990s voices out there. “Seeing Things” tries to be a gospel-spiced anthem, but it doesn’t quite make it. Their cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” cooks without boiling over, demonstrating that Rock and Roll perdures (but “Thick n’ Thin” is even better). And with the obligatory acoustic-heavy ballad lamenting some poor soul’s drug addiction (“She Talks to Angels”), the Crowes complete their rock album punch card. After 30 years, this is one to put on the shelf just to keep the collection complete. 3/5

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Kurzer erster Gedanke: „Beschreiben Sie dieses Album in 3 Worten:“ „Nichts für Malo.“ Bin gespannt, ob‘s stimmt! Ich kann mir je nach Laune und Länge der Autofahrt so Southern Rock Mock-Up ja ganz gut anhören. Nichts, was CCR oder die Allman Brothers nicht schon erfunden hätten, hier aber aus der Perspektive der Nachgeborenen noch „verfeinert“ und technisch perfektioniert. Gute Musik für ne lange Fahrt in den Urlaub oder nen Schweinerock-Abend ohne Manieren.

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Fairly enjoyable listen, pretty straight up blues rock

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I expected more. It was just fairly inoffensive dad-rock in the end.

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Very listenable, but forgettable.

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Quite pleasant to have playing in the background, but utterfly forgettable and unexciting.

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