Finally, after 66 reviews, we get to some genuine, no holds-barred, straight ahead rock’n’roll!!
I’m a bit of a latecomer to the Black Crowes. These guys were the teenage obsession of my missus. I remember them as some incongruous throwback band hovering around the early 1990s looking decidedly out of place. I have now come to appreciate their timelessness.
And this debut is a gem. It wears its Led Zep influences very proudly, but with a highly effective Southern Rock bent. These guys sound like they’ve walked out of some roadhouse bar, but with an eye on a house in the Hollywood Hills.
Like all good rock albums it comes out swinging with a riff-heavy, upbeat opener (Twice as Hard). It features a cover that makes a classic almost their own (Otis Redding’s Hard to Handle). And then it seals it off with an epic slower, rousing, drugs-are-sort-of-bad heartbreaker (She Talks to Angels).
This CD hasn’t dated at all. It could have been produced any time in the last 30 or so years…
File under: Shake whatever you’ve got