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The Black Crowes made old-fashioned Southern rock during an era when forward-looking musical styles were far more popular. Nonetheless, since their 1990 debut, this Georgia band, led by frontman Chris Robinson and his guitarist brother Rich, have proven to be a popular touring act, churning out sensual blues-rock that recalls the Rolling Stones and other classic-rock groups. The Black Crowes ... Read more in Amazon's Black Crowes Store

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B00005B19O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,434 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

Customer Reviews

By Your Side was good, but just didnt flow like this one does.
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.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "" 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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12 of 14 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By duff45 on June 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After By Your Side's regression to the catchy, hook-laden stylings of their debut "Shake Your Moneymaker", the Black Crowes return to further expand upon the boundless musical horizons they had so vividly opened up on "Amorica" and "3 Snakes" without totally abandoning the strait-edged blues rock sound of "Southern Harmony". The result is a career sampler of sorts; there are bits and pieces of every album, every stage of this amazing bands' career. I will now proceed to give this album the track-by-track rundown it deserves:
1. Midnite From The Inside Out: Opens up the album with a slow psychedelic grind, full of squeally guitar feedback and trippy references. 9/10
2. Lickin: The albums' first single. Tries to be a rocker, but sort of falls flat. 6.5/10
3. Come On: Racous energy. Fun to listen to. 7.5/10
4. No Use Lying: Excellent. The vocals ooze genuine, sincere emotion. This song is a testament to the staggering depth of Chris Robinson as a wirter and lyricist. 10/10
5. Losing My Mind: One of several acoustic tracks. The Crowes are really opening up that side of their personalities on this album. A great song, nice harmonizing by Rich & Ed. 10/10
6. Ozone Mama: Very funky & bluesey. I like it. 8/10
7. Greasey Grass River: Could have been an outtake from Southern Harmony. Very cool. 9/10.
8. Soul Singing: The 2nd single. Check out the video. Aside from all that, this is one of the Crowes finest compositions. 10/10
9. Miracle To Me: My fav on the album. I copied down the lyrics and gave them to my girlfriend. Lovely in every way imaginable. 10/10
10. Young Man Old Man: Awful. Easily the worst song in the entire Crowes catalog.0/10
11. Cosmic Friend: Dazzling display of musicianship. Good lyrics too. 8/10
12. Cypress Tree: Another all-around good song. 8/10
13. Lay It All On Me: Simply beautiful. Great closer. 10/10
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
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