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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B00005B19O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Midnight From The Inside Out
2. Lickin'
3. Come On
4. No Use Lying
5. Losing My Mind
6. Ozone Mama
7. Greasy Grass River
8. Soul Singing
9. Miracle To Me
10. Young Man, Old Man
11. Cosmic Friend
12. Cypress Tree
13. Lay It All On Me

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"Now I've traded my black feathers for a crown," sings Chris Robinson, and the vibrant, roaring music on Lions supports his claim to rule the jungle. Working with producer Don Was, the Robinson boys and crew make bold sonic leaps forward, sounding both heavier and more nuanced simultaneously. In the mid-1990s the Crowes' attempts at experimentation were much less successful, often sounding forced or, worse, underdeveloped. With 1999's By Your Side, the band seemed to make a conscious attempt to strip it all down and get back to basics. Lions continues that resurgence, and thanks to Was's influence, builds mightily on that foundation. The good-time swampy swagger is still the defining factor, but for the first time the sonic coloring enhances the tunes as opposed to sapping them of their energy. All the songs flow together, giving the album a cohesion that previous efforts have lacked, and Was generates a bold, vivid sound. And yes, it does seem quite conducive to loud volumes. --Marc Greilsamer

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By Your Side was good, but just didnt flow like this one does.
peast
When there are only a handful of true rock n roll bands out there today, it's nice to know that the Black Crowes stay true to their roots.
Chad Davidson
Chris Robinson goes from a fun heavy rocker to a soft and emotional ballad throughout the disc.
Brian

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "strat1@inreach.com" on June 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After 1998's dismal effort "By Your Side," it appeared that The Black Crowes were desperately trying to gain new fans in today's catchy-hook-based music scene. The result was bland, soulless rock; albeit a good party album, "By Your Side" lacked soul. The reason, as it turns out, that the album was so soulless, was not an attempt at gaining back fans, but rather the almost dictatorial production of the album, run by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley and Columbia Records, who basically TOLD the Crowes what to put on the album.
Enter V2 Records and producer Don Was. 2 1/2 years after the BYS disaster, the Crowes "finally had complete control over everything" while recording "Lions", according to Crowes frontman, the long-haired Chris Robinson. This freedom was thanks to the production style of the brilliant Don Was, who merely made suggestions to the Crowes rather than bossing them around. The result was The Black Crowes' most diverse, yet cohesive effort ever; Lions contains as many influences as 1994's eclectic masterpiece, "amorica." Yet, in its flowing-from-song-to-song style, "Lions" is more of a single musical statement than the sometimes broken "amorica." (Try the Wiser Time/Moneywaster/Descending sequence in amorica. for this broken-ness.) In addition, Was brought an air of professionality to "Lions" with his production; production is brilliant, with effects and overdubs in all the right places, while still managing not to sound over-produced, unlike the squeaky-clean, sparkly "By Your Side.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on February 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Chris and Rick Robinson of the Black Crowes have never been shy of wearing their hearts on their Rock �n� Roll sleeves proudly showing off their influences. The Rolling Stones (Keith not Mick), The Faces (Ronnie Wood not Rod Stewart), Humble Pie (Steve Marriot not Peter Frampton), and now after touring the states with Jimmy Page they have released Lions with a heavy Led Zeppelin Presence era feel to it.

It may be clichéd, but for the Black Crowes it really has been a long strange trip. They completely startled the world with their 1990 debut �Shake your Money Maker�, and now in 2001 it looks like they are going to do it again with �Lions�. In the years in between they have released 4 very varied albums, both in critical acclaim and sales. They have been kicked off a worldwide tour with ZZ Top for not towing the Budweiser sponsorship line. Their story has ranged from the ridicules to the sublime, heady and dangerous, a line up of changing musician that would make Spinal Tap look stable, and sometimes thrillingly out of control. Musically it�s been peaks and troughs, but �Lions� finds them on the very crest of a wave.

On the opening track �Midnight from the inside out� Chris Robinson blares forth after the guitar feedback locks into a guitar chugging rhythm with an opening salvo of �Here where angels never sleep / The water�s dark and deep / and you breath molasses�. The effect is excruciating, clammy, sweaty, exhilarating - all rolled into one. It sounds like Walking Street should do at midnight.

For it�s part in the proceedings, �Lions� is a wholly remarkable C.D, mostly recorded in rehearsals, so it has a very live sound.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The newest from the Black Crowes is a good modern rock record, but doesn't stand up to the Crowes at their best (their first two records, and By Your Side). It doesn't have the same swagger and whiskey soaked soul that these releases had and actually harkens back to Three Snakes (Steve Gorman said in an interview that a lot of these songs have been floating around on demos since 97). The melodies and lyrics are reminicient of that album, but with a contemporary sound that really doesn't fit the band.
None of the songs are as good as what was on By Your Side. There's none of that casual, good time R&B. It sounds like Don Was's talent for taking perfectly good artists and steering them perfectly clear from whatever magic filled their finest work (think the Stones Voodoo Lounge and Dylan's Under The Red Sky). Rich Robinson's guitar is swamped with so many effects there's none of that trademark tone or Stones-style stomp. Don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad album over all, but it doesn't sound much like the Crowes. There are defenetly some hints that they can still get into that groove, but do yourself a favor, and if you don't have them already, pick up Southern Harmony, By Your Side, and Shake Your Money Maker first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven K Stearns on May 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There's a definite Zep-ish strut to a lot of the songs on this album, possibly left over from the Crowes' stint with Jimmy Page. A lot of the riffery recalled the Crowes/Page live album but it is mixed a LOT better on this record.
Don Was' production is varied and interesting . . .one of the things that turned me off about Three Snakes and a Charm and By Your Side was there wasn't much variation in tones on any of the songs on those albums. Lions has more texture & mood, or light & shade if you prefer, than either 3S&AC or BYS.
The tracks that stood out on first listen were Lickin' & Greasy Grass River & Cosmic Friend . . .the rest of the album didn't grab me at first although on repeated listenings it's getting better.
Overall I would rate this as much better than By Your Side, about equal to Three Snakes, but nowhere near as good as Amorica, my personal favorite, or Southern Harmony.
Still, it's good to hear the Crowes back & rockin' away. This album has less of a Southern rock feel than Zep/Soundgardenish pure muscle. It's the closest thing to a metal record they've done, and I'm cool with that. I'd like to see them pursue this new direction & roll with it -- the band has a clear handle on the heavy rock sound & Chris Robinson still sounds great.
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